LIS 523 - Portability/Mirrorability
Some Ways of Making Your Site Easier to Copy or Mirror
- Use lower-case file names throughout.
Also avoid excessively long filenames
or filenames containing special characters
(such as "&").
- Use only common extensions
(you cannot assume that another server will have the correct MIME type
association for an unusual extension).
- Call the home page index.htm
Do not assume that another server will be set up to recognize
a different default name.
- Do not rely on server-side functionality
(databases, server-side scripting of any kind).
- Use only relative URLs
for navigation and image references within the site,
never absolute URLs.
- Make your hierarchy fairly shallow
(to accommodate the default limits in site grabbing software).
- Make sure there are hard paths of links to all pages
from the home page;
do not rely on dynamic links generated by scripts.
Inline images should also have at least default sources
hard-coded in static HTML.
Last updated April 23, 2007.
This page maintained by
Prof. Tim Craven
E-mail (text/plain only): firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty of Information and
University of Western
Canada, N6A 5B7