[Nottingham] Static Web Templating

Michael Quaintance penfoldq at penfoldq.co.uk
Tue Jan 26 20:49:13 UTC 2010


I'm designing a new website for a charity and I want to template it so 
that I can keep the content separated from the display. E.g. if I change 
the navigation to add a new section, I don't have to edit the existing 
pages by hand to reflect the update.

I know I can do this with PHP, etc using things like Smarty but this is 
a really simple website, it doesn't need any dynamic elements. I just 
want something I can prepare pages in, run an update process on and it 
gives me the HTML, CSS, images, etc out the other end that I then SFTP 
to the hosting provider. Simples. Or at least it should be. Perhaps I'm 
not using the right search terms but I cannot find anything useful that 
doesn't seem much too dependent on the hosting server having PHP, ASP, 

Surely someone can suggest something for me to look into. In case it 
needs to be said, I have Linux (and Windows, and Mac) boxen I can 
install almost any transcluding package on but I really don't want to 
have to modify the Apache config for this site. It shouldn't be 
necessary and will increase hosting costs for the charity that I'm 
trying to keep to a minimum.

Thanks in advance for any pointers you can give me.


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