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Would it be possible to include php code? MSSQL Connection from basic page?

I am using Vanilla but I have a small website, 5 pages but 2 of the pages connect to an mssql server.

Does anyone have any ideas how I could add the simple forms to 2 basic pages along with the connection code for MSSQL? The forms, once submitted, submit to themselves only showing a java script error or confirmation box.

Can this be done?

Thanks for your time,


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    R_JR_J Ex-Fanboy Munich Admin

    The BasicPages application prints a textfield from the database to the screen. So you cannot embed code in there. You might want to try ExtraPage.
    While BasicPages gives you a nice interface to easily insert and manage static pages into your site, ExtraPage is a blueprint that empowers you to implement extra pages as a plugin. Since it is a plugin, you are not limited what your pages can do: print out static messages, run code inside the Garden framework or even present info from other databases.

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    With a custom plugin, you may hook into one of the events and execute code fired on page loads. See this discussion for an example:

    Add Pages to Vanilla with the Basic Pages app

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    hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    Custom Pages is another option:

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    LincLinc Detroit Admin

    I would build a separate PHP script that handled your MSSQL connection stuff outside of Vanilla entirely, with a couple wrapper functions for whatever you're passing to/from it. Then include that file in a Vanilla plugin (putting it in a subfolder named library would be the convention) and just call the wrapper functions from the plugin file. That gives you at least a tenuous separation of concerns.

    An even better strategy (tho a bit more time consuming) would be to put the MSSQL stuff in a separate app entirely with a basic API, then use Vanilla to ping your API with the data it collects/need.

    This isn't a quick project, in my opinion. Without Vanilla plugin experience, I'd set aside several days to work on this.

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    cbunting99cbunting99 Texas New

    Thanks guys for all of the replies. I will check out some of the options. If I can figure it out, I'll just have someone else write it.


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    cbunting99cbunting99 Texas New
    edited June 2014

    If you are using basic pages and have some html experience, here is a quick hack that will allow you to include other content, database submission forms, anything really..

    When creating a new basic page, make sure the select raw html from the drop down, not the one with line breaks.

    Type a title for your new page, but in the body, where you would normally write your content, use the following,

    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="800" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe>

    I actually have a register page and I am not sure how to write a plugin for what I need. but I have created a new directory /forum/acc/ where I put the register scripts for our game.

    Using basic pages allows only logged in members to see the pages, and the links show on the top navigation. I've tried a lot of different plugins but so far, this is the only way I can execute outside mssql code within Vanilla..

    This is probably a crappy way of doing things, but it works until I can find a better solution.. Just figured I'd share in case anyone else has a simular issue.

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