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Manage Your Site Content More Easily in SharePoint 2013

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While the big news items around SharePoint 2013 tend to center around social collaboration, the new SharePoint has a whole lot more to offer – easier content management for starters.

Whether you are using SharePoint for an Internet, intranet, or extranet site, managing and manipulating the content on your site is more accessible and intuitive in version 2013.  Here are some highlights on the improvements coming in the new version:

Author Experience – Content authors can now copy from Word and paste into SharePoint without losing formatting or links while adapting to the site style.

Dynamic Content – The ability to upload and place videos on pages is much improved.  In addition, you can now embed dynamic content from other sites, such as videos of maps, quickly and easily using iframes.

Image Renditions – SharePoint 2013 allows you to upload an image once and use different variations (renditions) of that image in different places throughout the site.

Multilingual Variations – 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 – 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 now designate any library or list as a catalog.  When you connect a library or list that is enabled as a catalog to a publishing site collection, a result source is automatically created for this library or list which narrows the scope from which the search results can be retrieved.

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.

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.

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!

By Socius, a SharePoint Partner in Ohio, Kansas, and South Carolina

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