descriptionBasic PHP web framework for static websites
last changeTue, 26 Dec 2017 09:50:38 +0000 (10:50 +0100)

sview : tiny PHP web framework

It is inspired by a similar framework written by Arnór Heiðar Sigurðsson. In the same spirit but more advanced and more complete, see also nanoc - in Ruby.

sview is designed to organize essentially static websites. It does not offer the features you would expect from a complete MVC framework - actually, it has only the “V” part. If you want a more demanding dynamic website, consider using an appropriate tool, Symfony for example.

How to use it ?

The file sample-website.tar.xz provides a basic but full website example. Alternatively, here are some details about sview usage.

0. Installation

In the following, I assume your website is located under http[s]://domain/topic/ and is named “website” (adapt to your case). For example, in domain = and topic = blog.

Get the source code either with git clone command or using a zip archive. Copy all folder contents in the website/ folder :


Now (online), in the .htaccess file, change the line RewriteBase / to RewriteBase /topic.

1. Set default contents

Edit the file defaults.php with

Each variable name is prepended with “b_” to avoid potential conflicts with your own variables.

2. Complete main pages



You can also change the <meta> tags if needed.


The welcome page. You can choose a title ($s_title) or use the default one (by not specifying anything). Stylesheets and javascripts can be customized, …etc. Any default variable can be used to define a specific variable (prepended with “s_”).


Customize it; it is probably viewed more often than you think ;-)

3. Write all other pages

All pages are under site/ folder, and you can nest them in any directory tree.

Hint : if you don’t want to load the main template, just end any site file with a PHP exit directive.

Now we will see how to access pages and resources (images, CSS, files, javascript).

How to view a web page ?

The page at physical location site/some_folder/mypage.php is viewed in the web browser at the URL http[s]://domain/topic/website/some_folder/mypage (thanks to URL rewriting defined in the .htaccess file).

Any page can be linked internally using the r() PHP function (‘r’ for “resource”), like in the following : <a href="<?php echo r('some_folder/mypage'); >>. This function determines the nesting level and output the appropriate path.

How to access…

A CSS style sheet : its path is given by the following PHP function call r('a/css/name_of_the_file.css') from within any site file (assuming you place all CSS files under a/css/. They may be inside a nested folder structure).

An image : same as above, with r('a/img/').

A javascript file : same as above, with r('a/js/name_of_the_file.js').

How to give a download link ?

Just use a regular link pointing to r('dl/?'), anywhere you want.

Usual workflow

Just add pages under site/ folder, and potential resources and files under a/ and f/. All other files will not change a lot.

2017-12-26 Benjamin Auderstyle sheet --> stylesheet master
2016-07-22 Benjamin Auderconvert icelandic accents to HTML (TODO: fix gitweb...)
2016-07-22 Benjamin Auderfix lists in readme
2016-07-22 Benjamin Auderafter merging
2015-02-05 Benjamin Auderfix typo
2015-02-05 Benjamin Audersplit README (README.html + HOWTO.html)
2015-02-05 Benjamin Auderfix README.html
2015-02-05 Benjamin Auderfix README.html
2015-02-05 Benjamin Auderfix README.html
2015-02-05 Benjamin Audermerge and Translate to html
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