Organising web site files by Matt Ottewill

NOTE: You may also wish to read the article on Linking & Embedding concepts. It is VERY VERY IMPORTANT to organise the various files which you create when constructing a web site. You should start by creating 2 basic folders ...

  • Work (or source) files
  • Local site

This diagram below show the basic folder structure of a web site project.

What is a homepage?

A homepage is the first HTML page that a surfer will see when they surf to a website. It will be located on the root level of the site and usually be entitled either "index.html" or "default.html".

eg. If you surf to http://www.planetoftunes.com you will automatically see the page http://www.planetoftunes.com/index.html

What are Local & Remote sites ?

A local site is built on the hard drive of the web designers computer. It will consist of a structure of folders, HTML pages, and "media objects" organised exactly as they will appear whenh transferred to the web hosting server.

A remote site is an exact copy (mirror image) of a local site that has been uploaded to a web server.

This definition of local and remote sites is relevant to the model of a web site builder but not to all situations. You can have networked “local” disks, and you can have a localhost http server on your own machine.