2. Structure of your web site.

Considerable thought needs to be given to the structure of your site. This includes both the directory structure on the web server, i.e. directories to use and where they reside, and the way the pages are presented to the user.

Directory structure

When structuring your web site it is important to consider how the directories should be arranged. You could organise the directories to reflect the navigation system of your site. Each section of the site could have its own directory folder on the server. Images are often separated from the main html pages rather than all being mixed in the same folder. Organising where each type of file will be put at the design stage will help to avoid problems later on.

Layout and navigation.

In its simplest form, a web site consists of a homepage which introduces the site and provides a list of topics for the visitor to explore. Each homepage topic is often a link to pages that give further information on the subject. These pages can also link to further pages either within the site or to other sites on the web. Often web sites have a pyramid type structure to them. The homepage is at the top, with layer upon layer of pages below.

When building your site you should be aware that visitors could enter your site from any page. Web sites are rarely linear in form, and should instead be considered as a lattice of interconnected pages. To account for a non-linear structure the site needs to have a clear and consistent navigation system available for users to move around the site. If a user enters the site from a subtopic, they should be able to easily navigate back to the homepage and to other sections within the site.

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