Tips on Organization Before Building a Web Page
● File and folder names
❍ Use lowercase for file and folder names.
❍ Avoid beginning a file name with a number.
❍ Don’t use spaces in your file and folder names, as they are not recognized by web browsers. If
you use a space in a file or folder name in Dreamweaver, it will replace the space with the
characters “%20” instead.
❍ One word titles will make it easier to find and navigate your files and folders.
❍ Use easily recognizable names that describe the file or folder well (bad examples are: "doc1.
html", "picture.gif", etc.).
● Always back up your files, both before and after you create your site. You never know when you
may need them.
● File management and organization:
❍ Categorize your files and place them into folders (example: if you have many pictures,
separate them by type. Place all pictures of roses into a roses folder, etc. Alternately, you can
organize your images according to the site page they’ll be used in. The most important thing
to remember is to organize them in such a way as to make them easy to find and link to.)
❍ Keep your folders organized. The more organized you are in the beginning, the more
efficiently you’ll be able to work. Having a desktop cluttered with your folders and images
will slow you down and make finding important files more difficult.
How to Organize Your Web Page
We’ll begin by creating a root directory. Your root directory is a folder that will eventually contain every
file needed for your web site.
1. Creating a root directory
● First, you’ll likely need to create a new folder which you will make your root directory. To do this,
right click (or hold the “Ctrl” button and click for Mac users) on your desktop or inside a folder and
select “New>Folder” on PC…
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