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News PortalNext Project
Huge world-wide industrial corporation needed a SharePoint portal for publishing corporate news, documents, announcements and other information. Each company division should have had its own SharePoint site and share one common corporate site (main site). Audience targeti ng has been employed to conditionally display content for users from different divisions, offices etc.
Publishing features have been extensively used. News, articles, services articles, announcements and other content had their own publishing layouts and could be easily added or updated. Other site content was displayed via out-of-the-box WebParts, mostly Content By Query WebPart with custom XSLT to provide desired design. Usage of taxonomy fields improved search and filtration of published content.
Since the company has subsidiaries wherever on the globe, the application had to support multilingual. For instance, authors of news should have had an ability to publish single news in multiple languages. Moreover, user interface changed depending on current selected language. These multilingual features have been implemented through SharePoint variations.
Much of the company staff didn’t have personal computers. For this purpose the customer allocated LCD displays throughout the company sites and used a WebPart page with custom branding to show news feeds updated at real time.
As long as the IT stuff was not familiar with SharePoint, publishing of news and other content via out-of-the-box features (check-in, publish, approve) was supposed to be rather inconvenient.
Therefore, to simplify the process, a custom component has been developed. It was represented by a complex multiple-step wizard, which could be easily customized by site administrators. The wizard could contain any configured number of fields on specifi ed steps and had a preview page as a final step, before actual publishing.
Tools and Technologies
- SharePoint Server 2010
- Web Templates
- Web Parts
- Publishing Controls
- Custom Page Layouts
- Custom Field Types
- Managed Metadata (Taxonomy)
Global industrial corporation based in Scandinavia