To kick off, it should almost go without saying that uploading ongoing, quality content – in a variety of formats – is an integral part of any thriving intranet. In previous versions of SharePoint there were a number of clumsy processes which content authors needed to master to enable them to publish content – and we are pleased to report many of these hurdles have been removed with the improvements to SharePoint 2013.
Copy and paste from Word
Content authors are now able to pull content directly from Word docs and drop it into a rich HTML field within SharePoint. The resulting HTML appears in the correct style as defined by the site designer. This is a huge improvement to what was previously a rather painstaking process.
Cross site publishing
The new SharePoint 2013 publishing models allows content authors to write content and surface it in other locations through search. This means content stored within a site collection can be published in a variety of locations, and even tailored for mobile device channels. And, as cross site publishing removes the site collection barrier, content can now be disseminated across web apps and farms, as well as site collections.
Content Search Web Part
An improvement from the previous version of SharePoint is the ability to use the Content Search Web Part across site collections and web apps while providing a more flexible way of displaying the results. This allows information to be effectively driven to the user based on audience.
Improved digital asset libraries
We see hugely improved functionality within digital asset libraries. The uploading of videos in particular is a far better experience as videos can now be embedded into libraries and social streams, streamed to mobile devices and thumbnail images easily rendered once a video is uploaded. Content authors can also choose to select a particular frame from a video to feature as the thumbnail image. This is a big advantage for many of our clients who have a growing amount of IP in video form and need a place to stream and store it.
This refers to the ability to display the same image in different sizes across multiple locations. For example, you may prefer to show a thumbnail on the Corporate News feed landing page of your intranet, and the larger source image in the actual news item. This is particularly handy when it comes to improving site performance as it will reduce downloads.
Global and current navigation menus can now be easily dragged and dropped directly onto the page, making life easier for site managers and designers.
Content and design can now be specifically rendered for different device channels like tablets or smart phones. To learn about the whole raft of enhanced mobile features in SharePoint 2013, jump across to our recent blog entry.
Authors can now build user-friendly URLs based on terms specified in a term set. This involves using managed navigation and category pages – two additional features of SharePoint 2013 which we will look at in further detail in a future entry.
Overall, content authoring is a far smoother experience in SharePoint 2013 which ultimately means a better User Experience – and happier content authors who will be much more inclined to contribute. For a full explanation of any of the above features, please get in touch with us today.