Web Site Management
What is a Web Site
|A web site is a collection of one or more pages
|Usually people mean a set of pages which are connected by
|As soon as you create your first page you have created a web
|Many people will refer to each group of related pages as a
site so that you can have multiple
sites on a single web server.
Issues in Web Site Planning
The following comments are not meant as a step-by-step set of
instructions. They are hints or observations based on having created
a number of web sites.
Plan Ahead for Complex Sites
|If you think you'll create more than a half dozen pages over
the next year it pays to plan ahead.
|For a simple "here I am" page with links to other people's
work it doesn't matter.
Learn How to Use Subdirectories/Folders
|Files multiply rapidly on web sites. Grouping files in
folders will make your life far easier in the long run.
|You have to learn how to be sure the links work
|Claris HomePage does a good job of helping you create the
right link in sub-folders.
|You have to avoid moving folders - the links break if you do.
Use Frames or Something Similar for Navigation Ease
|Navigating a large site can become very confusing. Having a
Table of Contents always visible makes life far, far easier.
That's one of the things that Frames make possible.
|That's what I've done on this site
|Claris HomePage Version 2.0 does allow creation of Frames, but
it is fairly confusing initially and difficult to make them behave
|Here's a link to a tutorial that does a pretty good job,
but be aware that it's a significant jump in the learning curve
since you now have to deal with HTML code.
|Hope that the next version of HomePage makes it easier
Consider Site Manager Software for Large Sites
|A program like Adobe Sitemill (currently v. 2.0) will do
wonders for checking that all the links on your site work and
allowing you to fix them easily.
|This is a field that is rapidly developing. Expect big
changes every few months for the next year or so. 10/29/97