SharePoint 2013 Makes Content Management More Manageable

Although there is a lot of buzz about the new social features in the forthcoming SharePoint 2013, Microsoft’s developers have not neglected to make vast improvements to the core functionality of SharePoint, including its content management features.

Whether you use SharePoint for your Internet, intranet, or extranet site, managing and manipulating the content on your site is more intuitive and more easily completed in version 2013.  Below are a handful of examples of some of the great functionality that will make content management in SharePoint more manageable in 2013:

Improved Author Experience – Content authors can now copy from Word and paste into SharePoint without losing formatting or links, but having the content automatically adapt to the site style.

Easy Integration of Dynamic Content – There is now an improved ability to upload and place videos on pages.  In addition, you can now use iframes to easily embed dynamic content from other sites, such as videos of maps.

Create Image Renditions – SharePoint 2013 allows you to upload an image once and use different renditions of that image in different places throughout the site – so you could place a thumbnail image on one page and have the full image on another without uploading that image twice in two different sizes.

Multilingual Variations Available – If your site contains multiple languages, you can now establish variations so that users are redirected to the appropriate variation site based on the language setting of their web browser.

Cross-site Publishing Options – Create content once and display it as when and where you need it.  With cross-site publishing, you can store and maintain content in one or more authoring site collections, and display this content in one or more publishing site collections.  Once this feature is enabled, you can designate any library or list as a catalog which you can connect to a publishing site collection to create a result source which narrows the scope from which the search results can be retrieved.

Gain Greater Control with Managed Navigation – Create navigation based on term sets, which is a good approach when you have a product website or even to create a special website navigation not related directly to site navigation.  You can associate a term used in your managed navigation with a category page, which is a page layout used for displaying structured data.

User Search Analytics and Recommendations – New functionality analyzes content in the search index and user actions to identify items that users perceive as more relevant than others, then displays content recommendations based on usage patterns so that you can guide users to other content that may be relevant for them.

More Intuitive and Familiar Design and Branding – You no longer need to use SharePoint Designer or Visual Studio to brand a SharePoint site, you can now use the tool of your choice to create and implement HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  Designers can create channels that allow a single publishing site to be rendered in multiple ways so that you can target different devices such as smartphones, tablets, and set-top boxes.

Those are just the highlights!  There are even more ways that SharePoint 2013 makes managing the content on your SharePoint site(s) even easier.  To try it for yourself, download the SharePoint Server 2013 Preview or start a free trial of Office 365 today!