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Dynamic Header and Footer

Allows a dynamic site header and footer to be used without modifying MyBB templates.

Version: 1.1
Author: thruska
Submitted: 27th February 2010
Last Updated: 11th August 2010
Many site owners use 'header.php' and 'footer.php' include files so that only a single file has to be changed to alter the header/footer across an entire website. These files are generally included on a webpage with statements like:

    require_once "includes/header.php";

This plugin allows you to specify a path to those various include files to wrap each MyBB page with consistent branding without modifying any MyBB template files. Any changes you make to your header/footer are instantly reflected in MyBB.

While URLs are supported, they will kill your server's performance. Use absolute/relative paths. If you HAVE to pull from another server, get a real programmer to cache the header/footer locally with a local script. Note that 'lang' with the active MyBB language and 'mybb=1' are appended to the URL.

To make MyBB-specific changes to your header and footer when using absolute/relative paths, you can distinguish between the rest of your site and MyBB by doing the following:

    if (defined("IN_MYBB"))
        ...Do MyBB specific stuff here...

NOTE: A lot of layouts with sidebars may break MyBB's layout. The quick-n-dirty solution is to either get rid of the sidebar or wrap the MyBB content area with a 'table' tag. (Yeah, tables are tacky but, hey, they DO work and take only a minute to implement).

Works with MyBB 1.4.x and 1.6.x.

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