Simple PHP Template Class Example

Submitted on: 1/1/2015 11:53:00 PM
By: Daniel M. Hendricks (from psc cd)  
Level: Beginner
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Compatibility: PHP 4.0
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     The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to implement a simple class to handle page templates.


Simple PHP Template Class

The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to implement a simple class to handle page templates.  It can be extended in any way you wish.

The Class (template.class.php)

class Template {
   public $template;
   function load($filepath) {
      $this->template = file_get_contents($filepath);
   function replace($var, $content) {
      $this->template = str_replace("#$var#", $content, $this->template);
   function publish() {

The Template File (design.html)

This file will contain the design of your web site and the blank fields that will be merged with content data.

<h3>Hello #name#!</h3>
<p>The time is: #datetime#</p>
<? echo "<p>Embedded PHP works too!</p>"; ?>

Usage (index.php)

Now we will create a script that load the template and use the class to merge the data.

include "template.class.php";

$template = new Template;
$template->replace("title", "My Template Class");
$template->replace("name", "William");
$template->replace("datetime", date("m/d/y"));

When you run the above script, index.php, it will output the following:

<title>My Template Class</title>
<h3>Hello William!</h3>
<p>The time is: 03/10/04</p>
<p>Embedded PHP works too!</p>

This code, as you can see, is very simple.  It supports embedding PHP into the original template file (design.html).  You could easily extend it to pull data from a database such as MySQL.

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