Welcome back to the final installment of our exploration into Simplified Site Management using Server Side Includes (SSI). If you haven't followed the previous episodes, I encourage you to catch up to fully grasp the concepts we're about to dive into. In our previous discussions, I promised to provide you with a visual representation in the form of a crude flowchart, and I'm here to deliver on that promise. Be sure to click on it to get the full view, and feel free to keep it open in another window as a reference.
As you've been following along, you might be wondering where all of this is leading. What's the grand vision behind splitting our web pages into various files and using SSI to orchestrate them seamlessly? Well, let's delve into that now.
The core idea here is to enable the editing of specific sections of a website within individual files while safeguarding against unintentional and site-wide changes. It's all about maintaining well-formed markup across the board. Well-formed markup is the bedrock of a stable and functional website. It ensures that every tag opened is properly closed, except for singular instance tags like "img," which do not require a closing counterpart.
Imagine you're responsible for maintaining a website with a consistent left-hand navigation menu across its many pages. Now, with traditional methods, altering this menu could be a daunting task, requiring updates across numerous files. This complexity increases the likelihood of errors and site-wide disruptions.
However, by employing the strategy we've been discussing, you can make changes to that menu in a single file, such as "left_menu.html," knowing that your modifications will exclusively affect that specific part of the website. It's like precision surgery for your site updates—no accidental changes to the header or content sections.
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