Discuss: Site Directory Structures
Presenting text and images on a computer screen (including a web site) is almost trivial and has been possible since the '90s. However, even though the core of text and image presentation in a browser is remarkably simple and can be accomplished with a basic text editor, the complexities of web site software and the demands of the modern website mask another simple task; that of developing a directory structure. That is, the "My Documents" folder in Windows and the "Documents" folder in Linux Ubuntu use the same type of directories as is used on a website. This means that I can develop the bulk of my website, even without having it accessible online.
Developing a website without publishing it is a bit like speaking without having another person present. The same focus and energy isn't there, because there isn't anyone listening. When I write for the web, on the web, I have more focus, because I can imagine that someone will be reading the article I am writing. If I write the same document and merely save it to on my computer, without publishing it, I may forget about that document and never read it again. Since it isn't on the web, no one else will either!
However, that being said, if I am developing an article and want to ensure a high level of quality, it helps to print it out and then have someone else look at it. To do this, I need to store it somewhere. Rather than having the directory I am storing it in be something random, giving this thought and using this directory when publishing, makes it easier for me to find it later. It also makes my website better structured. It is with this in mind that work has been done on developing a local directory structure that can also be used online.
This request has to do with asking how you perceive the folders and directories on the computer you use. Do you see them as similar to what you see on the web? What would help you learn how to bridge this gap? Did you know that you can FTP files directly from a folder on your computer to your website? If this were the case, would it help if you wrote an article in your favourite word processor, saved it as a PDF (which can then be printed out) and then uploaded the text (and maybe also the PDF) to your website?
You must be based in North America.
The discussion will include:
1. Creating an empty folder (directory).
2. Imagining that this will include material that will be presented on your website.
3. Thinking about the names of the directories to include within this directory.
4. Arranging the items in these directories to make the most sense when reading them later.
5. Thinking about the names of these directories, what to include in the names, and what to leave out.
This is a service which I am in the process of making part of a cluster of requests and services that act in a complementary fashion. To be part of a request or service in this cluster, you must be based in North America.
In summary, this service is requesting 50 simbi for a one hour online session on site directory structure. This service is offered in combination with a request on the same topic.
Topic: Site Directory Structure
Category: Web/Software Development
Sub-Category: Classes & Webcasts
Posted on: March 4
Expires on: March 26
Note: The working model being developed here recognizes that benefits accrue in a working relationship only after both parties get to know each other over a time. This may be three months, or six months or more. Those benefits could be thought of as “interest” which could then be applied in more practical, concrete ways. In the meantime, the exchange of simbi (rather than a trade) allows for use of it elsewhere, while it is recognized that it can also be used to further the working relationship within the context of the topic defined here.
Training & Qualifications
Work experience (mostly in reverse order):
Wrote a book on how to write a book while writing posts and articles for a website.
Created a minimalist backup framework that integrates with WordPress.
Developed a 160 acre/144 person schematic for a sustainable community.
Worked for: Statistics Canada, National Health and Welfare, Ministry of Community and Social Services and RCMP-PS (Public Service) as a student and shortly thereafter.
Farm Experience: Raised on a farm in South Western Ontario. Worked as a barn manager in two small sow operations (≈200 sows). Managed a boar stud in South Western Ontario. Wrote software to manage data for this operation.
Trades Experience: Making, sanding, staining, spraying and installing mid to high end cabinets (4-6 years)
Other: Priming tobacco (Aylmer, Ontario), Planting Trees (Kapuskasing, Ontario)
Travels: United States, Canada, Brazil, Ukraine, Indonesia
Availability & Preferences
I keep regular business hours. However, I reserve mornings for programming and writing, and refrain from checking email until early afternoon. I find it works better to meet with people later in the week, and then, not until after lunch. This allows me to keep focused on programming and related details. Thus, times need to be set up in advance.