Web Site Organization and Maintenance: Hints, Tips
Reduce the number of images!
- Images that you no longer use can clutter up your website folders.
- Re-use images whenever possible. Why have your banner in every folder
of your site? Store it in one place and insert it into your pages from
- Avoid unnecessary images (such as rounded corners for tables, like
that contribute little to the clarity of the pages, unless you really
need them. The unnecessary use of little images like these can add,
over time, dozens or even hundreds of images to a site.
Only one image directory
- Some sites have images sub-directories
scattered everywhere. It can become very hard to stay organized or
to find a missing image when this happens.
- Use subdirectories to keep the images organized.
- Avoid "stray" images like the plague!
- Images outside your images directory are easy to lose.
- Keeping images in their place reduces the chance that you'll
forget to upload something.
Files and Folders
Use the Dreamweaver Files Panel for all movements of pages, images,
- Simply drag-and-drop within the Files Panel to move files from one
directory of your site to another.
- Dreamweaver automatically updates links and images when the changes
are made within the Files Panel.
- Changes made in Windows Explorer will result in missing images and
Use special effects sparingly
them only when needed.
- Slideshows, for example, are fairly easy to modify and update when created
must be completely re-edited in order to change the pictures.
code in multiple places.
- Pop-up menus are the best -- or worst -- examples of this.
- If you "need" a pop-up menu to be available on multiple pages, consider
using frames. This means that the menu is on only one page, but that
page is made available via the frames.
- Careful planning and testing is needed to make sure that this works,
but it's easier than placing the menu in multiple pages and trying to
keep it updated.