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Site Organization and Playing Well With Others

Posted at Mar 9, 2007 8:43:28 AM by Taylor De Luca | Share

From time to time we're all guilty of rushing through a site design and development phase and using poor organization and bad file naming habits. The more you work on professional sites the better you'll get at it but that's no excuse. Someone else may be working on your site in the future and you may not be around to hold their hand and explain what's what.

I can't stress enough the importance of having an organized file structure to your site. Where are the CSS files, includes files, JavaScripts, PHP docs and worse yet... where are the images? If you have trouble answering any one of these questions chances are you did something horribly wrong.

The larger the site the more important it is to keep all "like" files in one directory. I usually keep all JavaScripts in a "scripts" directory, my CSS files in a CSS directory, includes files in.. you guess it, an "includes" directory. By doing this you'll be able to quickly find the files you need when created new pages or adjusting existing ones. The images directory also needs to be carefully organized as many of your images are re-used throughout the site via CSS and basic page graphics.

When these things are all over the place you'll find yourself eating tons of project time just hunting for those necessary files. This costs the client money and will make your workdays much more difficult than they should be. Just because you're short on time is no excuse to not place the proper files in the proper places. You'll be happy you did in the long run.

So, in closing - get and stay organized! Future generations of web designers will thank you and you won't come across looking like an amateur, you'll look like a professional.

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