Folders and Metadata

There is a lot of discussion out in the blogosphere (Dustin and Mr. Simser) about the pros and cons of folders versus metadata. This was something I looked at in one of my first blog posts as part of a discussion about Document and Folder level permissions. Just in case it contributes to the discussion I thought it might be useful to link it back in:

Document and Folder Level Permissions

Comments (2)

  1. MikeWalshHelsinki says:

    I didn’t see much of folder pros in Dustin’s and Bil’s pieces! In fact only cons.

  2. Shane Perran says:

    The only time I use, or ever mention to clients to use folders in documents libraries is if the number of folders is limited to just 2 or 3 and the number of documents is just as small.

    For example: If you had a site template with a document library to hold 2 or 3 different types of documents for things like [techincal] and [branding] then you can get away with it.

    If there is a need for a lot of different views then it makes sense.  The problem is the same everywhere I go – "But we’re used to folders", we can do it fast!

    I would never recommend creating an actual "Tree View" of several layers.

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