I'm guessing this is a really easy question for everyone out there but it seems to have me really stumped. If I knew what words to use I could google it but the combinations I'm using keep telling me the same old thing. I'd like to have my main index.php page, in the middle of that is where the content will go based on the page the person is viewing. Such as: <<Header, Menu, etc>> <?php include ("pages/$page.php"); ?> <<Footer, etc>> How do I define $page so that it pulls the appropriate page from within my pages/ directory. I've seen the outcome used in the url such as: http://www.somesite.com/index.php?page=somepage And is this the best way to achieve this? Any help is appreciated! Rae.