All About Index Pages
All over this help site, we talk about the need to have index pages in your folders. Even your home page is called "index".
There are a lot of reasons, some technical and hard to understand, but here are some things you should know:
- An "index" page for a Web site is the typically the home page or main "landing" page for a Web site. When a person enters a URL like "http://math.ucsc.edu" the web looks for that URL and returns "http://math.ucsc.edu/index.html"...the landing page for the site.
- Every folder needs an index page for the same reason. Think of an index page inside a folder as a mini home page for that folder...the landing page. SO, if a person enters "http://math.ucsc.edu/about" the web looks for that URL and returns "http://math.ucsc.edu/about/index.html".
- Your index pages that you create for each of your folders simply means the "SYSTEM NAME" is set to "index". (all lowercase letters) That's all!
- The display name and title can be whatever you need it to be.
- Another reason for index pages is if your folder will have more than one page, having an index page will tell the WCMS to start generating a left navigation specific to that folder.