Sharepoint 2013 : SharePoint Publishing Infrastructure (part 1) - A Publishing Site

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If Web Content Management is the management of web site content, the SharePoint publishing infrastructure is the implementation of such WCM functionality. At the very basic level, the publishing infrastructure consists of a series of features and site templates.

A Publishing Site

Before delving into the specific publishing features of SharePoint 2013, you will create a new publishing site collection, so that you may see the various features and functionality available as part of this site definition. Whether you plan to host a public-facing web site, an extranet, intranet (with WCM capabilities), or some other WCM-based site, you will likely want to start with the Publishing Site template (there are others, but the Publishing Site is most common).

  1. Open Central Administration.
  2. Click the link to create site collections.
  3. Choose the hosting web application.
  4. Provide a title, description, and URL.
  5. Under the template selection section, click the Publishing tab.
  6. Choose the Publishing Portal.
  7. Provide the primary and secondary administrators.
  8. Choose the quota profile.
  9. Click the OK button to create.
  10. Once SharePoint completes creation of the new site collection, navigate to the new site, which should look something like that in Figure 1.


    Figure 1. Home page of a SharePoint 2013 publishing site

The home page shown in Figure 1 provides some helpful links to get you started with the configuration of your new publishing site. All of these links point to admin pages, which you may also access through the site collection settings page. However, having a series of links in one place is helpful to more quickly configure the publishing site. I will now examine them in more detail.

Table 1 lists the jump links on the publishing home page, as shown in Figure 1. Configuring a publishing site is typically a two-team operation, consisting of the administration team and the designer team. Administrators follow the links on the left side of the page, and designers the links on the right side. The great thing about SharePoint is that each team may work in parallel, without relying on the other to complete its work. This is an important capability of SharePoint publishing sites: content owners and site administrators need not concern themselves with the visual design of the publishing site, and the designers need not concern themselves with the content of the site. This principle is one of the major pillars of a Web Content Management system: content people manage content, and design people manage look and feel.

Table 1. Jump Links on the Publishing Site Home Page

Link Role Description
Set up site permissions Administration Link to the site permissions page; assign site permissions to groups; SharePoint has a default set of permissions configured for the root site and any subsites inheriting the permissions; administrators may enable anonymous access for public-facing web sites
Make your site multilingual Administration Create variation labels for set up of site structure variants for each content language supported
Define content types Administration Link to the site content type gallery; define content types, which inherit from publishing content types (such as Page) to facilitate granular content storage
Configure navigation Administration Link to the navigation settings for the site; configure strategy for top navigation bar and quick launch navigation, as well as taxonomy-based navigation
Create and configure site content Administration Link to the view site content page; look to the pages document library to host publishing pages for the site
Customize your search center Administration Link to configure search settings; define a search center (either as a subsite or a separate site collection)—it is good practice to centralize search results with a search center
Import a design package Designer New capability in SharePoint 2013: import a design package for look and feel of the site
Configure image renditions Designer Link to the image renditions settings page; configure different image renditions for renditions (display) of image sizes
Design your site
New in SharePoint 2013: link to the new Design Manager pages
Choose availability of site templates
Link to the site templates and page layout settings; configure availability of page layouts and site templates for users creating subsites in the publishing site hierarchy

Table 1 includes a description of each link and the capability provided at each link destination.

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