Convert HTML WebSite to PHP
From Static to Dynamic in a Few Short Minutes
In the modern Internet, dynamic websites are key to a successful business venture. the old static HTML just can't compare to what one needs. I had this old static site as my home page. I needed to pace some server-side srcipts in there to strut my skills. To do this the files needed to be converted from HTML (with a .html file extension) to PHP files. I did this with Gedit, a Linux text editor and my trusty old Linux shell. There are many ways to do it. There are many text editors for Linux, Windows, and Mac. A simple search on Google or Bing will give you a free one.
First, I opened a shell and went to the directory on my own machine where the files are stored and typed the following:
john@john-laptop:~$ cd Documents/WebDesignStuff
john@john-laptop:~/Documents/WebDesignStuff$ cd Dark_Metal
about.html contact.html index.html~ newsfeed.php~ webdesign.html
about.html~ contact.html~ linux.html scripts.html webdesign.html~
affilate.html images.html linux.html~ scripts.html~
affilate.html~ images.html~ newsfeed.html servo.swf
affiliate.html img newsfeed.html~ style.css
affiliate.html~ index.html newsfeed.php style.css~
john@john-laptop:~/Documents/WebDesignStuff/Dark_Metal$ mkdir PHP
john@john-laptop:~/Documents/WebDesignStuff/Dark_Metal$ cp about.html PHP/about.php
john@john-laptop:~/Documents/WebDesignStuff/Dark_Metal$ cp affiliate.html PHP/affiliate.php
john@john-laptop:~/Documents/WebDesignStuff/Dark_Metal$ cp contact.html PHP/contact.php
john@john-laptop:~/Documents/WebDesignStuff/Dark_Metal$ cp images.html PHP/images.php(etc., etc., The terminal output is too long and just too damn boring to print it all!)
After the html files had been copied into PHP in a different directory, I then opened good old Gedit text editor. I believe you can do the same thing with Windows Notepad. I opened all of the files in separate tabs, and did a "search and replace." I inserted the name of the old files ending with .html and replaced them with .php. I did this for every file name. It was that simple. I ran this over every one of the open tabs. This is because my internal navigation links were to the old HTML files instead of the PHP. I then opened my trusty FTP client Filezilla (works on Windows, Linux and Mac.) and opened "site manager." I opened that account, logged in, and deleted all of the HTML files in the site. Then I uploaded all of the PHP files. Bingo! It took the really slow server several minutes to load the new files, but it's working now.
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