Web guidelines for content editors: File Naming Conventions

It is often necessary to upload files to the website in either WordPress or LibGuides (e.g., images or PDFs). Here are some simple guidelines for naming these files.

  • Use all lowercase letters.
  • Do not use spaces.
  • Use hyphens in place of spaces. Avoid underscores, if possible.
  • Do not exceed a sensible number of characters in the naming of folders or files.
  • Don’t arbitrarily rename an existing file. Once a file has been posted, it becomes part of a larger network of indexes and links.  Changing a name at this point can effectively hide a file unintentionally and disrupt links.  If a name change is necessary, please contact the webmaster about creating a redirect.