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SharePoint Publishing For Public Internet Sites

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Is SharePoint the best Web Management System that is available as a platform to manage your internet sites? You have the luxury of choosing between various WCM platforms like SiteCore, Tridion, and EPIServer.  But SharePoint possesses certain functions that might suit your internet based networking needs better than alternative platforms.

SharePoint is an effective strategic platform for numerous organizations since it works well with intranet and extranet services. Managing public facing websites becomes a breeze since even large organizations usually opt for Microsoft SharePoint as a favorite platform. Organizations also opt for SharePoint as a unified web platform since it can be used for team, divisional, extranet, intranet and internet sites. That means in reduced cost and increased speed.

For example, the publishing features in Microsoft Office SharePoint server 2010 allow for content writers to create page layouts from page templates as new Web pages. Page layouts are responsible for controlling the look of web pages as well as defining fields where users can include their content. The content can be in the form of graphics, hyperlinks, links, text, etc.

 Since page layouts are easily customizable, you can appoint different and separate layouts for various topics like newspaper articles, trip reports, spreadsheets, or plan updates. When done in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, publishing automates the flow of work in accordance to a fixed routine which makes it easy to create new pages in the browser based on the publishing page. The owner of the content then proceeds to put the page up for review once it has been created and edited. If the reviewer approves of the articles and deems them publishable, they become visible to other users on the site. The page layout can be fully customized to your needs by using SharePoint Designer 2010.

 Used as a tool for publishing, SharePoint 2010 can move Web content from the draft stage to the review and then to approved for publication. If you are a content writer and are responsible for say a news site on an articles page, it is better to display the article content along with the name of the contact, the date of the scheduled publishing or termination of the article, or the assigned file name. You can pull off any of these procedures by inserting your page layouts with page fields.

With SharePoint Designer 2010, you can also have content contributors enter information in those fields through the browser. For instance, as far as publishing is concerned, you can set a scheduled “Start Date” to appoint a date for when the articles should be published. You also have the option of scheduling an “End Date” in order to specify when the page should stop appearing on the site. Because you can insert page fields like a Start date and End Date,  you as content owner have the option of changing these dates with the help of a browser. This way you can immediately update to the scheduling engine in the publishing system.

by RJB SharePoint Specialists, Pennsylvania SharePoint Partner

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