|Web Site Structure
How to Build a Web Site
> "Lesson #4: Web Site Structure"
Web Site Structure
What I mean by Web Site Structure
is the way the files are organized.
After your web site is built.
You will use a FTP program to transfer your web site to a web server that
is connected to the Internet 24 hours a day. So everyone in the World with
a Internet connection and web browser will be able to see it.
Site structure is VERY IMPORTANT
for a number of Reasons.
A organized site will be MUCH
easier to Build, Navigate, Upload (to the Internet), Maintain, and Upgrade.
When you upload your site
to the Internet, it is best to have the exact same structure so your web
site online will mirror (match identically) the hard copy of your site
on your computer.
Additionally, search engines
will give more credability to a nicely organized site and therefore better
search engine query listings and therefore more visitors to your site.
Example Of A Excellent
Structure for a one topic Web Site
||Folder with Your Web Sites Name (ex:
(your Main Page) + all linked .html pages
||folder named "Graphics" (where you
keep all the images you are using for your web site)
||sound files (if you use sounds on
your site - Use Sparingly often sounds are slow to download and annoying
You create folders to arrange
your web pages, graphics, and sounds. Your very first web page should be
named "index.html". The Reason why this is important. The
index.html file is the default page in a folder.
you go to address www.officialUSA.com. You see a USA Home page. But...
what you are actually seeing is http://www.officialusa.com/index.html .
Whenever you do not specify a file within a folder, the web browser will
automatically search for and load the index.html.
Golfing Site at officialUSA.com
will load: http://www.officialusa.com/stateguides/golf/index.html
If no index.html file was
present, you would see the directory information and any files located
within the folder. Like this.... I intentionally left no index.html in
the sounds folder.
It is a good habit to name
a html file "index.html" for each folder so visitors will not get lost.