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.

A visitor January 22, 2004 at 4:15 pm

Sounds like a job for Dreamweaver's wonderful site wide searches or link updating?

I know what you mean about needing to organise sites a bit better to work with them – I inherited some stinkers, but fortuately I managed to pass them on before I had to face the mammoth task ofupdating them all… 🙂


Suw January 22, 2004 at 4:20 pm

Yeah, dreamweaver's good at preventing internal linkrot, but I more mean that CMC is well googled, so if i change the urls, all those inbound links from the google cache will be broken, not to mention links from other web sites.

I've decided to leave well alone and just learn to live with the mess until I can find a proper solution.

after all, if in doubt, leave it out!

Steve Kane January 22, 2004 at 9:13 pm

When I did a bit of restructuring on my website it took Google about three weeks to replace their results with the updated links.

I know how you feel though: you mean to change just a couple of little things and, lo and behold, you think of something else that you could change… and something else… before you know it, you've completely reconfigured the architecture and need to fix lots and lots of links and stuff.

I use Dreamweaver coz I got Studio MX for free when I worked for a software reseller. Yay!

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