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In a Web application, we often need to display pages like "about this
site", "legal information", whose content are mostly static.
There are several approaches to deal with this kind of pages.

  * We can store these pages in individual HTML files so that the Web server
will directly serve them to end users without incurring PHP. The drawback is
that it is a hassle to maintain the common layout shared by these static pages
and the other dynamic pages.
  
  * We can write an action and render the corresponding view file for each of
the static pages. This resolves the layout problem, but it is too much trouble
to write an action for each page, especially when the only work the
action does is to render a view.
  
  * We can use a single [CViewAction] to serve all these pages. Below we will
show you how this approach works.


First, in the default `SiteController` (or other controller if you like),
override the `actions()` method as follows,

~~~
[php]
public function actions()
{
	return array(
		'page'=>array(
			'class'=>'CViewAction',
		),
	);
}
~~~

According to [the Guide](/doc/guide/basics.controller), the above code declares
an external action named `page` whose class is [CViewAction].

Second, create a folder `protected/views/site/pages`.

Third, save each static page as a PHP file under this folder. For example, we
can save the "about this site" page as `about.php`. Note, these pages
will use the application's default layout. Therefore, only the main content
needs to be saved in each file.

We are done! To access a static page, e.g., the `about` page, we can use the
following URL:

~~~
http://www.example.com/index.php?r=site/page&view=about
~~~

To beautify this URL, we may use the approach described in [the
Guide](/doc/guide/topics.url).

If we have many static pages, we may organize them into sub-folders under
`protected/views/site/pages`. We can use the following URL to access a page that
is stored as `protected/views/site/pages/help/contact.php`:

~~~
http://www.example.com/index.php?r=site/page&view=help.contact
~~~

We may customize [CViewAction] if you do not like the above setup. For more
details, please check the API documentation of [CViewAction].

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  • Written by: qiang
  • Updated by: resurtm
  • Category: Tutorials
  • Yii Version: 1.1
  • Votes: +19
  • Viewed: 47,673 times
  • Created on: Mar 17, 2009
  • Last updated: Feb 22, 2013
  • Tags: static pages