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Folder Structure within a CMS

By mark_mess ·
I have a question regarding buidling a web site in a Content Management System.

When buidling an Intranet, after you have layed out the Site Map and Information Architecture, is it better to to build the folders according to the site map(physical) or do more companies build their folder structure according to business processes(virtual)?

Any links or sites provding more informaiton on this will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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I think you'll find that the choices for a directory structure are a technical issue, not a business one. Thus, the choice of OS's and CMS software will dictate what folders go where and why.

The whole point of a CMS - if we're talking about Content Mgmt and not Customer Mgmt. - is that it takes these kinds of decision responsibilities *away* from the Users and Administrators.

Better CMS apps will let you simply point to other locations where the content already exists (e.g. HTML in folders on LAN workstations). But if you do that, you're exposed to a couple immediate risks.

One risk is that you lose some of the functionality of the CMS app (like versioning control or relative paths). The other risks are the more obvious oneof security issues and workstation availability.

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