SharePoint was definitely not developed initially as a Content Management System (CMS) platform but it still has wide range of features that makes it more versatile than any other CMS platform. Our SharePoint consultants are highly experienced in leveraging CMS features in SharePoint to manage and publish Web content within an enterprise collaboration platform with wide variety of capabilities. Our SharePoint solutions are like ready-to-use products that are transformed through minor customizations and development. For creating a top-notch web publishing system or what you may call it as a Content Management System it is very important for SharePoint developers to be highly experienced and knowledgeable in key technical areas within SharePoint platform. ETG has a highly focused team of SharePoint developers who are experienced in exploiting features for web publishing that SharePoint platform offers out of the box.
A typical CMS organizes the pages using a tree structure allowing creation of effective information architecture in an easy and flexible way. SharePoint platform also facilitates storing large number of articles side by side but uses more complex structures to build the hierarchy. This task can be eased with the help of implementing site collection which is actually a tree of sites, which is a set of lists and libraries. This process has been simplified since introduction of SharePoint 2010 where we can create folders within Pages library that was not possible in MOSS 2007 or any earlier versions SharePoint. ETG team takes care of various parameters while architecting a SharePoint Solution with CMS features which are extremely important for building a complete Enterprise level Collaborative solution.
SharePoint Information Architecture
If the Information Architecture is planned well from high level till lowest level it will translate into a sensible website structure creation. Each site’s landing page will likely serve as a hub page for the area represented by that site, and will reside in the site’s Pages library along with other articles of that section. Building an effective SharePoint Information Architecture involves thorough user research and conducting interviews/Surveys across stake holders in the client organization. This translates into building more accurate Content Inventories and Site maps meeting client expectations.
SharePoint Content Architecture
SharePoint Content Architecture deals with the lowest level design elements where we can define and plan for different types of pages in the site. With a well planned SharePoint page layout we can define one or more web part zones where authors will be able to place web parts. As there are several web parts already available in SharePoint it requires a bit of tweaking through customizing the code to meet client specific requirements.
ETG’s Content driven Architecture for SharePoint CMS solutions also focus on branding requirements. We achieve these requirements through a customized master page with CSS style-sheets provided by our creative designers. It might appear easier to style custom developed components but it is quite a challenging task to brand standard SharePoint front-end elements. Our branding experts keep a check over the page layouts keeping all the branding aspects in mind. This practice of ours has improved client’s confidence in all aspects without depending on anyone else.
Authentication, authorization, and security features supported by SharePoint are a major factors behind its success as a Enterprise Collaboration tool. Our experienced SharePoint consultants have come a long way by continuously improving upon addressing Security management. SharePoint supports a role-based at all levels, providing coherent security management across the platform. This kind of security implementation makes it easier to manage user rights and group rights throughout the SharePoint website. We make the job easier for users by identifying the most common actions, and creating an authoring dashboard page with quick links for each specific user type/group.
SharePoint is a best choice for building a complementary set of sites, CMS features, collaboration tools & applications running on a single platform.