Many content authors struggle with the same challenge: how to guarantee consistent content presentation across the whole website. This challenge is not SharePoint specific. No matter which Content Management System you’re using, the odds are high that sooner or later you will face it. And it’s not really surprising. Consistency is after all a trade-off: how much flexibility and functionality are you willing to give in for the control over the content presentation. Find out what you need to keep the presentation consistent across the whole site and how SharePoint 2010 can help you get this done.
More and more frequently SharePoint is being used as the platform for Internet-facing websites. Not surprisingly the latest version of SharePoint is greatly improved making it event better solution for creating public websites. Although Microsoft did a great job in the Web Content Management area of SharePoint there are still a few shortcomings, one of which are custom ‘Page not found (404)’ pages. Find out how to do things right when moving your website to the SharePoint platform.
SharePoint 2010 ships with a new User Interface framework that allows you to easily create rich user experiences. While developing custom solutions one of the challenges is to communicate long-running operations with the user: after all there is nothing more annoying than a non-responsive UI. Find out how the new UI framework of SharePoint 2010 supports communicating the progress notifications to users.
SharePoint 2010 ships with the new Modal Dialog framework that allows you to display dialog windows in an unobtrusive and user friendly way. This is extremely important when creating user friendly solutions as it allows users to preserve their context while providing some additional information. While the new modal dialog framework is definitely a great idea, there is one thing missing in the implementation: support for communicating with custom application pages.
The Reusable Content capability of SharePoint 2010 allows you to approach content management from a content-centric perspective. This is a great concept since it allows you to reuse pieces of content rather than copying it and managing at many different places manually. And although the idea of it is great the standard experience provided with SharePoint 2010 leaves some room for improvement. First of all creating blocks of reusable content isn’t as easy as you would want it to. On top of that once you start using Reusable Content it’s only a matter of time that you will start asking yourself where the different blocks are being used on the site. And this is exactly where Mavention Track Reusable Content Usage can help you with.