I will start this thread with a problem that I am trying to solve. I have searched for a solution, and can't find one, and daniweb.com users have been a great help in the past. This is a tricky one for me.. I hope we can find a solution.

All of these problems relate to www.hyperoctave.org (if you need to have a look)

Question 1:

Is it possible to embed a PHPBB forum into my website using the <include> tag?

I have tried this, but I get errors. this code is in index.php (for example)

$page= $_GET["page"];                                                 //get the variable from the URL
 $subcode = file_get_contents($page);                     //load the file into a variable


Then at content location:
<div id="sub_content"><?php echo($subcode) ?> </div>

So, then I would change the url to index.php?page=forum/index.php

*hoping* that the forum would appear in the sub_content div, but instead - a whole page of code appears, eventually crashing with the message
Not Found
The requested URL /.append_sid( was not found on this server.

So, currently, I am using the <iframe> tag to embed my forum, which is fine, but if anyone has a solution to this problem, that would be great!

Question 2:

is there a way to use this.href to control what an <iframe> is showing?

Since google and other search engines are linking directly to my forum, if people open the links, they will go to the forum without the rest of the website around it! So, here is my plan.. (that I need assistance with..)

If the user goes to the forum index, I have included the code

<script language = "Javascript" type = "text/javascript">
if (top.location == self.location)
self.location.replace ("http://www.hyperoctave.org/forum.php")

This will open up the index page with the forum in the <iframe>

Simple! But.. this only works for the forum index.. If someone is linked to an actual forum thread, and I want the link to open the thread with the index page around it, I need some more specific code.. any ideas so far?

The problem is, that even if I include the javascript above into the relevant pages within the forum (viewforum.php, viewtopic.php), they would link to the index page, which has the <iframe> with the command to open the forum index! So no matter what page they arrive at, they will be directed to the forum index.. this isn't very good.

So, I'm thinking along the lines of a javascript redirect code, that will open whatever sub page, within the master page. I think that Iframes make this difficult, but if anyone has any suggestions, I'm eager to discuss this and solve it..


ultimately, I'm thinking that my urls should be more like


if I could embed the forum using the include tag, this would probably work..

so I'm thinking, if I could use javascript to put the suffix


on every thread url

then it would work.. but I've tried various methods..

I have been getting some emails from people about this problem.. There is no need to contact me about this, I still haven't solved this problem, and to be honest, I don't think that it is possible, however, I have found a way around it, that looks just fine:

I am still using frames on my website, but I have taken away the borders and added transparency, and the code that triggers the onload resize javascript:

<iframe width="800px" id="iframe_id" name="iframe_name" src="http://www.hyperoctave.org/forum/" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" ALLOWTRANSPARENCY="true" onload=resize_iframe();></iframe>

I have also included an iframe resize javascript code, that is controlled by the child window.

<script type="text/javascript">


function resize_iframe(){
document.getElementById("iframe_id").height="" // required for Moz bug, value can be "", null, or integer

// -->

and also added a code so that if the forum is the parent page, it is automatically replaced with the website around it.. (place this code in the top of index.php in your forum folder)

if (top.location == self.location)
self.location.replace ("http://www.hyperoctave.org/forum.php")

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