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How to Update Multiple Web Pages

A very common task in web development is updating multiple web pages at the same time. For example, you may have a navigation menu or copyright notice on every page of your site which you need to update.

There are many ways to do this. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Here is a list of common techniques - click each link for detailed instructions.

SSI (Server Side Includes) This method uses the SSI feature of Apache web servers to automatically insert content from a single file into other pages.
JavaScript Similar to the SSI method, this technique uses a single JavaScript file which is inserted into multiple pages.
PHP Another method of including content from a single file. This uses the PHP scripting language.
Find and Replace A safe and flexible method of updating multiple pages.
Dreamweaver Library The popular Dreamweaver application has a proprietary system which works very much like SSI. See the Dreamweaver help files for more info.