partial page update with navigation

First of all, I apologize because this is my first time trying to code a website (or anything), so this might be a stupid question. I have a web page where I would like to update only a single div when a link in the navigation bar is clicked.

<body> <div id="wrapper"> <header id="header"> </header> <section id="section1"> <div> </div> <nav id="mainnav"> <ul> <li> <a href="1.html"><b>1</b></a> </li> <li> <a href="2.html"><b>2</b></a> </li> <li> <a href="3.html"><b>3</b></a> </li> </ul> </nav> </section> <section id="section2"> <div id="mainwrap"> <div id="main"> </div> </div> </section> </div> </body> </html>

I know, it's a lot of useless stuff, but you get the point. What I'm trying to do is as you click on 1, 2, 3, etc., only the content of the div "mainwrap" changes, as does the URL (so the page does not refresh, but the URL changes from to website/2.html, etc. and the content of the one div changes). I have different HTML files for 1, 2, and 3, each with different "main" divs, which ideally will be inserted into the "mainwrap."

I've tried following along with tutorials like and other stackoverflow posts like how to do partial page update with jquery. That second one seems like what I want to do, but when I try to implement it, it still doesn't work. Is there a simple fix that I am just missing because I don't know much about coding? (Also, I'm using Dreamweaver. I don't know if that makes a difference.)


-------------Problems Reply------------

You are right how to do partial page update with jquery is exactly what you need. I assume you are new to jquery stuff so here is the complete markup that will get your job done!

<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<meta http-equiv="edit-Type" edit="text/html; charset=utf-8" />

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

<div id="wrapper">
<header id="header">
<section id="section1">
<nav id="mainnav">
<a href="1.html"><b>1</b></a>
<a href="2.html"><b>2</b></a>
<a href="3.html"><b>3</b></a>
<section id="section2">
<div id="mainwrap">
<div id="main">

<script type="text/javascript">
$("#mainnav li a").click(function(e) {
// prevent from going to the page

// get the href
var href = $(this).attr("href");
$("#main").load(href, function() {
// do something after content has been loaded


I am using the same reference for jquery ajax to explain the answer. how to do partial page update with jquery

In your case I will apply the above usage as

<script src="//"></script>
$('#mainnav a').click(function(e){
//either use e.preventDefault() to stop the default event or return false
var loc=$(this).attr('href');
//This should load the html content to your div


An alternative if you just want the div of the HTML pages you are pointing. <script src="//"></script> <script> $(document).ready(function(){ $('#mainnav a').click(function(e){ //either use e.preventDefault() to stop the default event or return false e.preventDefault() var loc=$(this).attr('href'); $.ajax({ url:loc, type:'GET', //can be GET or POST depending on your requirement success: function(data,textstatus,xhr) { var div=$(data).find('#main'); $('#mainwrap').html(div); }, error:function(xhr,status,error) { alert('Error - '+xhr.responseText); } }); //This should load the html content to your div }); </script>

Fore more ajax related documentation you can go through

The example you cite is using php, which can do what you want.

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