Using the url 'node' for Drupal's default front page is a bit awkward. While it makes sense from a technical standpoint (it's provided by Node module after all), there are a few important problems.
- The path -- 'node' -- uses internal Drupal terminology rather than a meaningful path for visitors. This makes it difficult to use for anything other than the default home page.
- The visitor-facing 'latest content' page shares a URL with the admin/contributor-facing 'add new content' page. "node" and "node/add" seem related, but have little to do with each other given the access rules and promotion rules that govern what shows up at node.
- It's an undifferentiated river of news, and there's no way to find lists of a single type of content without installing Views and replacing it entirely.
I'd like to propose the following:
- The 'node' path should be renamed to 'latest'. Although it's technically 'latest-promoted', it's a better representation of what's there than 'node'.
- Possibly change the descriptive text of the 'Promote to front page' flag, to remain applicable if someone chooses another front page URL.
- Allow administrators to disable the generation of the 'latest' page entirely form the content settings page, in case they want to build their own listing pages at different URLs with views and don't want it cluttering things up.
There are a couple of second-order additions that would be easy to build on top of this change: for example, a per-content-type option to generate a type-filtered listing page underneath the 'latest' url. 'latest/articles' for example.would be a nice compliment to it, as generating the plural form would already be taken care of. Even without that, however, changing the URL would make it much easier to reuse.