TheMadScientist - 11:00 pm on Mar 26, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: TheMadScientist at 11:08 pm (utc) on Mar 26, 2010]
But when I first started making sites I used to put all the pages in a /pages/ folder so #*$! do I know :)
I'm sure your system works fine for you...
is not a folder but a page in the example.com folder to which nothing 'belongs', whereas
indicates that there is a collection of documents that 'belong' to that location.
Ahhh, but the actual process of determining 'documents belong to' is a bit different, IMO...
I'm not trying to argue, just show something I think might be interesting to readers, because I think there is a semantic difference in how things work, mainly WRT search engines and bots. It's a semantic difference that follows, and like I said, each to their own, so I'm only pointing out what I see as a slight difference for the sake of discussion (and hopefully understanding) more than anything else.
example.com/folder is technically a page (document) that 'belongs' to (or in) the directory 'example.com' and on my sites 'overviews' the pages (documents) contained within /folder/. It, on my sites, gives you 'information about' the contents of /folder/ before you visit and lets you select the page you would like to view in /folder/ before entering the directory.
Actually, nothing 'belongs' to /folder/ (the document displayed by default) nor to my page /folder (generally)... The page (content, document) displayed at the location /folder/ when requested is simply the 'default' page set in your server configuration (usually index.ext), which, without a redirect can also be viewed at /folder/page-name.ext.
The 'default page' is, by default, just one of the collection of documents 'belonging' to (or in) the /folder/ (directory) and may or may not, in the absence of other information, be 'weighted' as 'more important' than the 'non-default' pages of the collection of documents within /folder/ by a search engine.
As far as 'belongs' goes it is more likely to be 'designated' by search bots as the default 'start' or 'index' of a collection of documents in the absence of an 'index' or 'start' document being explicitly defined through the use of link relationship markup or the ability of the SE bots to determined a different 'start' or 'index' through the link architecture and directory structure, but to say the other documents 'belong' to the 'default document' is, IMO, not quite how it works...
It may be 'assigned' the way you describe by default or in the absence of other information, but, IMO in the presence of other information or other direction this is not necessarily the case, so it may be your default page displayed at /folder/ is 'set' as the 'index' or 'start' of a collection of documents by default, but at the same time, it may be my /folder page is 'set' as the 'index' or 'start' of a collection of documents through the link architecture, site structure, or explicit link relationship markup contained within the collection of documents, the short version of which means: My document displayed at /folder has exactly the same 'weight' and 'effect' as your document displayed at /folder/ so either should be fine to use... :)
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 11:08 pm (utc) on Mar 26, 2010]