SharePoint 2013 Doesn’t Have Design View – What Does that Mean for You?

In SharePoint 2010 and earlier versions, Design View has been the tool that allows power users to make quick changes to the system from a visual perspective.  However, Microsoft has removed this tool from SharePoint 2013 which now forces those that do customization to take another approach.

When I first saw the news that SharePoint 2013 would not include the Design View, I thought it was a joke. How can something that is so important to the community that customizes SharePoint be stripped from the simple design client?

Technology continues to move forward and in order to move with it, you often have to leave some tools behind.  HTML5 is changing the way browsers work and with it comes changes to the way sites are designed.  It’s a game changer and one of the changes in the game is the removal of Design View.

Change is rarely easy or enjoyable to deal with and many SharePoint community members and significant, well-known consultants are upset about this particular change.  But what does it mean to you?

If you are a…

  • End user, you are most likely not using this tool and won’t be affected.
  • Power user or daily SharePoint administrator, you are going to be the most impacted.  Partners and employees that have come to rely on this part of SharePoint Designer to make simple changes will feel this removal the most since you most likely are the “visual editors” that use the design window the most.
  • Developer you will not be impacted much since you most likely are making changes in Visual Studio.

Most corporations are not going to migrate away from SharePoint simply as a result of this deletion.  It may cause them to rethink making certain changes, due to the cost associated with having a partner or their power user(s) make the change now.  This will add some time when a change is needed since it will cause the testing and tweaking stage of requests to take longer to get it visually right.

While this change may be a tough pill to swallow, it’s important to remember that SharePoint 2013 is building a foundation for the future of site development.  Learn more about what is coming in SharePoint 2013!


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