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Correct Use of Framework Plugin

Thread began 12/22/2014 11:50 am by Mysite07430650 | Last modified 12/23/2014 10:10 am by Jason Byrnes | 619 views | 3 replies |

Mysite07430650

Correct Use of Framework Plugin

Hello Jason,

I want to make more use of the framework builder in order to update some old websites. I have some general questions relating to the correct process of applying the framework builder as a plugin and theme. I have been experimenting with it for a week but would like some clarity on aspects that I cannot find in its documentation.


Four Quick questions.

[Q1] Should all server behavior requirement be performed on say a contact page prior to its application as a framework plugin or should that happen on the page hosting the contact page plugin?

[Q2] Should Recordset be generated as normal on a page that would be used as a plugin, or should the recordset be generated on the page hosting the plugin?

[Q3] Should the contact page plugin be styled using CSS as any normal page and then included in the plugin with link to the CSS in the <head> or should the link to the CSS be removed after styling and added to the page hosting the contact page plugin?

[Q4] When contact page or say even SecurityAssist generated login, registration, userupdate, forgottenpassword pages are used as plugins, does that change the form action=""? What will be the form action for contact page for example?


Thanks in advance!

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

1) The server behaviors should be in the plugin, not the page hosting the plugin.

2) Just like with question 1, the recordset 9which is also a server behavior) should be on the plugin page, not the page that hosts the plugin.

3) The styling should be on the plug in page.

4) if the action on the plugin page is set to use the PHP $_SERVER['php_self'] variable, then the action will become the hosting page. this can be important if the page uses a URL variable to dynamically load plugins. in that case, you would need to make sure the action includes any URL variables so that the contact form would be included in the page when it posts.



The concept of plugins is to create pages with specific functionality that then then be applied to multiple pages without having to recreate the functionality. So the plugin page should contain everything it needs, css, recordset, and other server behaviors to function.

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Mysite07430650

Thank you for the answer and explanation. I have a better understanding now of how to go about using Framework builder. Thanks!

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

You're welcome.

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