Page Name Management and Name History
The concept of a name space is central to wikis.
Named Pages - Name When You Want To, Not Because You Have To
Page Names are useful when you are making a "Forward Link" by page name (a fast way to built out a document or site) or when you want to assign a page name to a knowledge asset you want to be referenced by a unique encyclopedia like name, like a page you might title Pension Plan or Alpha Product Plan.
For less structured cases like writing status reports and meeting notes, asking questions or raising issues, assigning a Page Name to an article (and being mindful of what might be "good" name) is not necessary or helpful.
In Traction TeamPage 4.
Assign additional Page Names, from other Wiki Project or Global Name Space
The Names dialog allows you to assign several equivalent Names to a given Article.
In the example below, the name Pension Program for Employees is the Page Name in the HR space where the article is published.
When posted (see below) this article shows the content and policy label followed by a comment form, an attached presentation file, and a list (highlighted) of incoming links and page names assigned to this article.
Note that the incoming link from the article titled Executive Perks is using the Page Name Alias assigned from the ExecutiveTeam space.
Page Name History - Fearless Refactoring
As your wiki changes and grows over time, Pages are renamed, Page Names are moved from Article to Article, New Pages are requested, Pages are Removed, and some Page Names are orphaned.
In traditional wiki's it can be very difficult to keep track of what happens when a pages are renamed, split or combined - and it often requires a sequence of manual actions to insure that old by-name links point to the right pages after refactoring.
One example of Traction's audit trail is a unique feature that allows you to display and explore Page Name History.
In the example of the article shown below, you can see the Name history along with the article edit history and label history.
The example also shows that (at 3:13PM) the name "Pension Program for Employees" was Renamed to "Employee Pension Program.
Managing and Monitoring your Wiki Named Pages
Traction Page Sections are portlets or widgets you can use to view any slice of content in one or many spaces.
Wiki and Named Page based sections in Traction make it easy for any user to see what's going on, and will satisfy the frustrations of any "Wiki Gardener" familiar with the work of monitoring and managing a wiki.
- Recent Edits: Monitor article and comment editing.
You can even scope this view down to only monitor important pages that, perhaps, are tagged with a Requirement label or written by a given author.
- New Pages: Lists all articles that have a newly assigned Page Name.
- Requested Pages: When users make forward links to pages that don't yet exist, this section lists the requested pages.
- Renamed Pages: Lists all articles where the Page Name assigned to it is changed to another Page Name
- Removed Pages: Lists Page Names that were assigned to an article, and later removed.
- Orphaned Pages: Lists Pages that were a target of at least one Page Name link, but are no longer linked to as a result of an edit.
Here's an example with three sections on a Front Page showing new named pages, requested pages and orphaned pages: