It is surprising how quickly a web site can grow, and even more
surprising is the number of files that you have to deal with. Every
page, image, thumbnail, animation etc. is a separate file and all
of these files are linked to each other. If one of these links becomes
broken, your site won't display properly, or even worse, it won't
At the time of writing (5th June 2002), this site, which
is still in its infancy has 247 files in 47 folders. (Update
28th January, 2003 - now 437 files in 50 folders) and on January
20 , 2006 it stands at 828 files in 67 folders. See what
I mean about how a site can grow.
If you don't get yourself organised right from the start, you are
soon going to have trouble finding the items that you are looking
for, you will have problems keeping your internal links working,
and even worse, you may break links from other web sites to your
It is difficult enough to get other sites to link to you. If you
break these links, then the other web sites are unlikely to fix
them, they will just remove the link.
Another point to bear in mind is the search engines. It is difficult
enough to get good rankings from the search engines to start with.
If you keep moving pages and causing the search engines to point
to broken links, you may find your site blacklisted by the search
engines. The search engine companies work hard to build up a reputation
for providing good useful results, they won't have that reputation
spoiled by sites that keep on providing broken links.
What you have to remember is that when you upload your site to
the web host, you are creating a mirror image of your layout from
the local hard drive. Even though programs such as Dreamweaver,
FrontPage etc. make it easy to reorganise your site locally, and
automatically fix up all of your internal links, you may be moving
pages that other sites have already linked to.