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Create dynamic content according to URL variable


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19 February 2011 at 5:04am Community Member, 2 Posts

Hi all,

I was just wondering what is the best way to assign a certain value to a variable according to a specific parameter in the URL.

For example, let's say I'm tagging backlinks to be implemented on an external website in this way I'd like to give the value "externalsitename" to a variable $Source so that i can call it from within my page templates to create dynamic content. For example, by adapting the landing page subheader to state "You were redirected from $ReferralSiteName". Shall I start from something like this in Page_Controller ?

if ($_GET['source'])
{echo htmlentities($_GET['source']);}
{echo ucwords("Standard content");}

Thank you!


20 February 2011 at 9:12pm (Last edited: 20 February 2011 9:13pm), Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

here is a basic example using an actiona nd an id through the URL...


   'urlpage/$Action/$ID/$OtherID' => 'URLPage_Controller',

the page...

class URLPage extends Page {}

class URLPage_Controller extends Page_Controller {

   static $allowed_actions = array(

   function urlaction() {
      $Params = $this->getURLParams();
      $id = Convert::raw2sql($Params['ID']); //the prevents against nasty - non-int stuff
      //do stuff using $id
      return $id;


21 February 2011 at 2:28pm (Last edited: 21 February 2011 2:31pm), Community Member, 24 Posts

Here is an alternative if you do not want to add anything in your _config.php file...

class SomePage extends Page {

// Page code here


class SomePage_Controller extends Page_Controller {

   function index($request) {
      // if $_GET['source'] exists, do something else, otherwise return normal page
      if($source = $request->getVar('source')) {
         // do stuff with $source here
         // eg. below

         return $this->customise(array(
            'Content' => 'You were redirected from: ' . $source
      else {
         return $this;


21 February 2011 at 9:31pm Community Member, 2 Posts

Hi guys, thanks for the swift reply. I'll check it out today and see if I can get it to work!


22 February 2011 at 3:12am Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

Just to update my post -
I only included the _config.php to show how it normally is setup - you only need that when you have *different* parameters to those I've show... bad example I guess!