Should we use sub-pages?
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Sub-pages (also known as SubPages or subpages) are wiki pages that live "under" a "parent" page. The title of the page determines its status as a sup-page; this is accomplished by using a slash character (/) in the following format. First the parent page, then the sub-page:
While sub-pages can be useful in some circumstances, there are some drawbacks to naming files in this way. This essay evaluates the benefits and drawbacks to using the sub-page naming convention.
What exactly does a sub-page do?
Using the sub-page naming convention has two effects:
|(1) It creates a small "bread crumb" link, below the title of the child page, that makes it easy to click back to the parent page|
|(2) It permits using a shortened form to link from the parent page to the child page. The following two links point to the same sub-page:|
Specific cases where sub-pages structure is helpful
There are a few cases in which sub-pages clearly offer a benefit, such as:
- to create archives of old discussions under a talk page,
- to create scratchpad editing spaces under a user page,
- to create other language versions of a document in multilingual wikis.
Subpages are useful for organising information hierarchically. On the other hand, subpages tend to have a long name that is hard to remember, so it may be more user-friendly to use them as little as possible. You can also organize pages with the category feature, which is more suitable for creating a hierarchical network of information.