Site Organization Standards?
This article is just as timely today as it was when it was written in 1998: A Standard for Site Organization, by Greg Knauss (with several brains and contributors) at Stating the Obvious. The example root level site structure makes a lot of sense for visitors and for developing and maintaining a website. Since 1998 I suspect you’ll see quite a few sites that follow a similar approach, although there are plenty that don’t, too.
Over time I’ve found this root level site structure to work incredibly well. For site developers and site owners, it’s more than worth taking the relatively little amount of time needed to think about a site’s overall structure for the long term and establish a solid root structure. Keep it simple, easy, consider longevity, and consider what will be a URL-friendly approach for site visitors.
More on Friendly URLs
For more on friendly URLs, these posts also include links to helpful information and resources:
- More on Friendly URLs
- Movable Type Entry URL Choices
- Friday Feast #55: Friendly, Lasting URLs
- URLs: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Update 12 Jan 2004 · 8pm, pst
Be sure to check out Site Architecture Standards, a post by Tony Stephens at Blog-fu regarding the above article, where you’ll find interesting commentary about the details of the directory structure.
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