A web site is defined to be a set of interconnected web pages prepared for a specific purpose and maintained by a single person or well-defined group. The web site will have a single web page – denoted as the “home page” – that will be directly associated with the web site’s URL.
Under this definition, almost any collection of web pages within the CSUN web environment can be deemed a web site. Whether a group of pages is determined to be a web site should not be predicated solely upon CSUN’s administrative structure. For the purpose of this document, we recommend the following criteria for determining whether a group of pages is a web site:
- The home page of the web site is the typical starting point for web users seeking information contained within the web site.
- The content presented in the group of web pages has a single, discrete focus.
- The content presented in the group of web pages does not fit easily within the content of another web site. (Guidelines for the creation of top-level web sites to be determined.)
- The group of web pages is maintained by an individual or a small group of individuals.
A Uniform Resource Locator, or URL, is the address that a web browser uses to find a web site on the Internet. *
This address uniquely identifies the location of a web site and is comprised of the following components (starting from the far right):
- Web site name (e.g., AcademicAffairs)
- Web server host name (e.g., www.csun.edu)
- Protocol (e.g., http)
- The method by which a web browser will retrieve information from the web server.
* The URL syntax is described within RFC1738 (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1738.txt)