There are many opinions as to how to manage images. Certainly, you need jpeg images to post on the internet.
You can save images as DNG, and there are three flavors of DNG.
However, all the expert professional work flows have one thing in common, backup your files and use keywords rather than directories or multiple catalogs.
Martin Evening, Julieann Kost (educator), Victorie Brampton (Lightroom Queen), Scott Kelby all have excellent publications detailing their preferences and why.
I'm sure there are many opinions, but readup what the experts have to say, they have establishied themselves as the experts. Then feel free to do it your own way or modify their method to fit your needs.