SharePoint Server 2010 ships with the content targeting capability based on Audiences. Using this mechanism you can conditionally display content to groups of users based on their profiles. One shortcoming of this approach is that it needs user profiles which are not available on Internet-facing websites for anonymous users. However, using nothing more than the standard capabilities of the SharePoint framework and ASP.NET you can easily extend the standard content targeting mechanism to support targeting anonymous users.
Often when editing text, especially if you are a professional writer, you need some statistic information about the text you’re editing, like how many paragraphs or words you have already typed. While most desktop text editors, such as Microsoft Word 2010, provide you with such information, many Content Management Systems don’t offer such functionality. SharePoint Server 2010 is not an exception here. So if SharePoint is the platform for professional publishing it should contain this little nugget as well. Proudly presenting: Mavention Word Count.
SharePoint Server 2010 ships with Audiences: a mechanism that allows you to target content to specific group of users. Audiences are a great capability: either if it’s from the e-commerce point of view of bringing the right products to the attention of the audience that is the most willing of buying it or if it helps you to unclutter the user interface by presenting just the right information. But how do you manage all that dynamic content?
Managing links on a website can be really challenging. There can be numerous pages linking to each other, and if new content is being added on regular it’s just the matter of time when things go wrong and broken links start appearing in your content. A good Content Management System (CMS) provides you with a mechanism for tracking both incoming and outgoing links and SharePoint 2010 is no exception here. Using the Incoming Links report it allows you to track links within the Site Collection. However there is one thing you have to keep in mind while working with the SharePoint 2010 Incoming Links report.
Including meta tags for pages on Internet-facing websites is very important. Additional information included in meta tags makes it easier for search engines to find and classify the content. Still many websites either don’t use meta tags at all or don’t provide content editors with a simple mechanism for managing the meta tags making managing the meta tags a one-time process. In many situations meta tags are not even a part of the information architecture for Internet-facing websites and are easily being forgotten in the development process. Additionally, as they are not being displayed on the screen, they are not a part of the branding what makes it challenging for the developers to provide an intuitive editing interface for. Mavention Meta Fields is a turn-key solution that allows you to easily add support for managing page-level meta tags even if your website is almost ready to go on-line.