A structure group is a container for pages and sub structure groups. It is similar to a folder in the file system. On the presentation server a Structure Group corresponds with an actual folder on the file system. It is possible to add metadata to eacht folder.
The difference between a folder and a structure group is that a folder contains components and a structure group contains pages. The fact that a file system folder in the structure of the website corresponds with a Tridion structure group, and not a Tridion folder, is somewhat confusing. Read more
A component link is a reference within the content, or meta data of a component (A), to another component(B). The link in component A is a reference based on the unique ID from component B.
On the presentation server this reference will be translated to the URL where the rendered content from component B can be found. If component B is not published you can choose two outcomes:
- The anchor text will be presented as normal text
- The anchor text is not shown.
Goal: To minimize effort in managing internal links. The advantage is that you will never have broken internal links on your website. Read more
Tridion folders are used to store components and subfolders and are similar to directories (or folders on windows) on a file system. A folder can also contain metadata which can be used to describe the content of the folder. Permissions for different users or user groups can be set per folder.
It is good practice to use the folder structure for generating the main navigation for the website. Using the folder structure for the navigation gives content editors a solid view of the navigation as opposed to other options. The drawback is that generating the navigation structure from within Tridion is slow. However there are remedies to this (todo: write about advanced navigation structure rendering)