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Chapter 3. What You Need to Get Started > Organizing a Web Site’s Files

Organizing a Web Site’s Files

You may recall from Chapter 1 that a URL is composed of a protocol, a server address, and a path to a particular document. All of those components are important. When you’re creating and organizing your Web site’s files, however, the most important is the path statement. If you have a system for how you store files when you’re creating them on your computer (locally), you’ll have less trouble later when you store your files on a Web server computer.

Although a Web site can be arranged in a number of different ways, you should keep in mind some rules of thumb. For the most part, you should organize your Web site files to make it easy to update your pages in the future. If you have to move all your files around every time you change something on a single page, you are also forced to change all the hypertext links on many other pages—and that can be incredibly time-consuming. Early on in the process, you should consider how your site’s files will be organized. This is true even if you’re only planning one page or a few pages. Organizing the images and multimedia feeds that go along with those pages is still important.


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