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Understanding the Look and Feel Options for Publishing Sites in SharePoint 2013 part 3

This is our third and final commentary on a video tutorial just published on SharePoint-Videos.com, Site level branding customizations for team sites. The previous two posts to this blog present the rest of our comments.

“Navigation” presents the navigation settings for a site. As Yaroslav Pentsarskyy explains “In SharePoint 2013 there are two types of navigation. There is a “managed” and a “structured” navigation. The structured navigation will be built out as you create your pages. So as sites and sub sites arebeing created, the navigation links are being added up and sub navigation links are being added up to it. The managed navigation is a new type of navigation . . . ”

Yaroslav goes on to explain some of the power of this new managed navigation feature. New pages will automatically receive search engine friendly URLs (meaning no .aspx suffix to page titles, though the .aspx suffix will show up under “Site Contents” and then “Pages”), which Yaroslav notes as being ” . . . really useful for public sites”.

We followed Yaroslav’s steps in this video tutorial with our own SharePoint Online site. Our “Look and Feel” set included the “Navigation” feature. When we clicked on the “managed” navigation option, we landed on a page where we could specify the Term Set to be used for navigation. This is a powerful feature. Administrators and developers who choose the “managed” option can use SharePoint Online (or SharePoint 2013) to build a site structure in complete conformance to a term set, which, in turn, can be defined by the specific taxonomy for an organizations. We think this feature will be very attractive for heavily regulated businesses. An added benefit for designers opting for a managed navigation for a site, as Yaroslav explains, is elimination of “404 Page Not Found” messages as pages change overtime. In contrast, with structural navigation this error message can still occur.

The final feature of the “Look and Feel” section, “Image Renditions” provides designers and administrators with a method of providing users with a limitless number of preconfigured renditions of the same image, thereby minimizing chances of errors occurring as users work with pages. These different renditions are based on size. So different sizes for the same image can be made available as unique objects available for user selection. Out of the box, SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2013 ship with 4 renditions:

  1. Display Template Picture 3 Lines (100px Width, 100px Height)
  2. Display Template Picture On Top (304px Width, 100px Height)
  3. Display Template Large Picture (468px Width, 220px Height)
  4. Display Template Video (120px Width, 68px Height)

Administrators can control how images appear on pages, to ensure uniformity of visual presentation, by directing users to choose one of the above options when working with different layouts.

Ira Michael Blonder

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