6.1. The Importance of Permanent Links
6.1.1. The Importance of Permanent Links
Understanding the concept of a permanent link is important to understanding the role of individual blog posts and the structure of most blogs.
In most blogs, there is a front page that lists the most recent posts to that blog, one right after the other in reverse chronological order. Only the most recent posts are displayed. As new posts are added, older posts at the bottom of the page are usually removed. Alternatively, some blogs batch up the most recent day or month's worth of posts on the front page.
The old blog posts are usually moved to an archive page, which is different from the home page. Archives can be made up of many pages, often organized by date, or with one page per blog post. Each page is given a unique name and web address (URL). This sequence is different from that of a traditional web site, where old material is usually just removed, or where material always starts out on the one web page where it will stay.
When the posts are on the front page, they may be accessed on the web using the web address of that page, such as www.blogname.com, or www.companyname.com/blog. This makes it easy to find the latest material on a blog: It is always on the front page. If the author of a blog on another web site needed a web address (URL) to make a link to refer to a post, initially that front page address could be used. However, after a time, as the front page changed with the addition of new ...