Thursday, January 22, 2004

Preventing linkrot

by Suw on January 22, 2004

I'm in the middle of a significant reorganisation of the Clwb Malu Cachu website. I hesitate to say 'redesign' because it's going to look pretty much the same when I've finished as it did before I started, but I am changing the menu to make the site easier to navigate and I'm adding some nice new features which I hope users will love.

The thing is, having reorganised the navigation, I’m keen to reorganise the data to reflect that, but if I start moving stuff about I’m going to end up with chronic linkrot because a lot of files will move – anywhere up to 200. I really don’t want to set up a whole bunch of ghost redirect pages to solve the problem, but then again, I don’t want to break almost every link in the site either.

In a sense, it doesn’t really need doing, per se, because I can change the nav without changing the structure, but then it would all be untidy and I need a site that I can work with going forward.


I think I’ll go ask the smart people in #joiito.

Conclusion: Whilst the nice people at #joiito had some solutions, my woeful lack of programming knowledge precludes me using them right now. So whilst the nav can change, the architecture can't. You won't notice.

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