Most sites require navigation that has landing pages, index pages, and details pages so they work as intended.
- Landing pages provide the navigational structure for your site. Nest landing pages no more than three levels because deeper nesting is difficult for users to navigate.
- Index pages provide access to content items and are the focal point for inline editing activities. You cannot nest index pages. Use only the matching Details page template for a child page under an index.
- Details pages are hidden from any navigation. They display individual content items when a link is clicked. You cannot nest other pages under details pages.
These are the only content types that do not have matching index and details pages because they present content in a different way:
- Stand-alone Topic
Use the Stand-alone Topic when you need a single item of static content on a page.
Use Sections whenever you need a book-like structure in your site, such as when you post a policies or procedures manual. They support arbitrarily hierarchical content.
Use the FAQs content type for Frequently Asked Questions, when you need a layout that combines index and details pages on one page.
This diagram shows a fragment from an information architecture with a variety of page types. The home page contains three other pages, a stand-alone topic, a landing page that has links to other related pages, and an index page.
Sections and Topics
You use the Section Index and Section Details page templates to create a hierarchy of section items. The sections are site areas, and the topics are content items. The section details page will display both section items and topic items.
You can also use the Topic Index and Topic Details page templates to create a flat list of content items. There is also a Standalone Topic page template to create a single piece of content.
Parent topic: Site structure using page templates