I would like to leave a note: It seems like you are misinterpreting
part of the views, models and helpers concept on rails.
Please, take this with some salt because I'm kinda new to rails...
You seem to be replacing a lot of div tags that apparently are
creating the content header and the content of your website.
I would advise keeping those in a layout, maybe your 'general' layout
if it is used in most of your pages. This would be very helpful in
case you decide to do some changes in the layout, or a new template.
And if this code is not on most of your pages, then maybe you can use
a partial to help.
I usually use helper methods to create html tags that are not related
to the template, like, link_to_if_authorized (this is a helper I've
written today), and those div's seem to be a big part of your
The point is, avoid creating large blocks of html code outside
an .rhtml file. This will make the job of putting a layout together a
IMO, layouts and views are 90% HTML, Helpers are 10% tops (I currently
have 2 of them on ApplicationHelpers and none has HTML code),
controllers and models are 0% HTML.
Take this as a light advice, I could have gotten a totally wrong