I have multiple web-apps running on a server using different technologies.

  • java
  • php (wordpress)
  • python (trac)

They are all front-ended with Apache 2.2. My question is does anyone know a good way to wrap all these web apps with a common template (header/footer).

I was looking into mod_layout, but the documentation is quite limited and I was unable to get even the simplest example to work.

I also looked at mod_include, but I'm not sure if that is a good idea.


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You can force all pages of a certain extension to include a header and footer by setting it out in the httpd.conf of the server, or just in the .htaccess of each particular directory/site with the append and prepend directives like so:

<FilesMatch "\.html$">
php_value auto_prepend_file /path/to/header.html
php_value auto_append_file /path/to/footer.html

The above will match .html pages and will force include /path/to/header.html before the page content as well as /path/to/footer.html after the page.

Just remove the FilesMatch lines if you want to force it on all pages.

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