A File Naming Convention (FNC) is a framework for naming your files purposefully by describing what they contain. Developing an FNC is done by identifying the key elements of the project. These elements could include things like the date of creation, author's name, project name, name of a section or sub-section of the project, or the version of the file.
A file naming convention (FNC) can help you stay organized by making it easy to identify the file(s) that contain the information that you are looking for just from its title and by grouping files that contain similar information close together. A good FNC can also help others better understand and navigate through your work.
Consider the following examples:
Files not employing a naming convention
Files with a naming convention
Unlike the files without a naming convention, the files with a naming convention provide a preview of the content, are organized in a logical way (by date yyyy-mm-dd), identify the responsible party, and convey the work history.
Establishing an effective file naming convention is an investment of time and effort. It should be based on your own needs as well as the needs of your team. There are no perfect file naming conventions, but there are some basic rules that can help guide you.