Traditional information structures for large sites (over 100K pages) make use of index pages, or section overview pages, placed at the top of a section hierarchy. There were good reasons to support this:

  1. They provide a one-page summary of the section content
  2. They provide a single target for inbound links on topics like Support, Services and About Us
  3. They improve SEO, because of the inbound and outbound links; and most of the section’s key terms are captured in one place; and because they sit at the top of the section hierarchy
  4. They avoid “headless” sections; some navigation schemas require a top page or landing page for the section
  5. Index pages are easier to navigate in mobile view and with screen readers than mega menus or accordion nav sets.

Lately, the use of index pages has been questioned by some of my colleagues.

Are there any reasons NOT to use index pages?

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    I think your colleagues' arguments for questioning these practices would be of great help. Also, when you talk about index do you mean just the home or do you mean the index for each taxonomy or node on a hierarchy tree structure? – Devin Jan 29 '18 at 20:54
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    Your question is too broad to answer. – RobbyReindeer Jan 30 '18 at 15:01
  • My colleagues have failed to articulate any reasons to eliminate the index pages. By "index" I mean the overview pages that sit at the top of each major section in the hierarchy, excluding the homepage. – RobC Feb 1 '18 at 17:22

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