i have similar questions as piper does.
on my existing website (with a WP 1.2.2 blog) i have a few static pages that call some wp functions.
its fantastic that wp now allows me to turn these static pages into Pages, making it much easier to update things, occasionally, and making it much less of a hassle to apply my template changes website-wide.
now here are my 2 questions:
1. i would like to keep the existing page and link architecture of my site, because i have used some of the links quite often. for instance: one of the static pages is called mixes.php and contains info about my dj-mixes. the link http://mysite/mixes.php is now printed on all the cds i have sold and sent out.
if i now start to use a Page for the content, in the regular way, that link would switch.
i know could solve this issue via .htaccess, of course. but maybe there is another way.
as i understand wp is quite flexible. so here's the question: is there a way to keep a file called mixes.php in my root folder, exactly where it was sitting before, and to call the content of one dynamic WP Page via php include?
i know this works for the template functions. but what tag would i have to use to include just the the_content (and maybe a few other Template tags) into my mixes.php.
2. the second question is about the template functions.
these Pages would use most of the same template components, same sidebar, same footer, same index, but they would need a different header.
how modular is that?
can i create a header2 for instance and call that from say my mixes.php via php include?