Is there any way to achieve the master page concept of ASP.NET in PHP?
You could use a template engine like Smarty:
Although Smarty is known as a
“Template Engine”, it would be more
accurately described as a
That is, it provides the programmer
and template designer with a wealth of
tools to automate tasks commonly dealt
with at the presentation layer of an
Of course it’s possible. Have a look here. It shows a basic way of doing it, which of course, you can extend. Good luck!
I made a simple proof-of-concept for a asp-like master pages in PHP. You can get it here:
As other said, the way to go is to use a template engine. My preference goes to the Zend Framework, which is a bit more than just templates ;), but has a nice implementation of a layout with Zend_Layout that is very close to Master Pages in ASP.Net.
Check the quickstart guide to have an idea of how this works, and have a look at the full doc to see the possibilities offered by the framework. Plus, using the framework gives you a nice MVC architecture and SEO-friends rewritten URLs…
Maybe just use include() since the variables in both file are in the same scope. Also ob_start() can record the output to the buffer so that the html codes can output later.