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News feed: site template?

I'm looking to create a top-level site for a site collection (an intranet) in SharePoint 2010. The top-level site is initially (first version) supposed to contain an intranet news feed as well as some links (to external sites and whatnot). Later on (later version), it is desired to add personalization to this site - i.e. user-centered content and the ability for the user to customize the "Home" page to some extent (the News feed should always appear), etc.

I am a bit confused, or rather unsure, of what site template to use?

 I have experience of developing Web Parts (primarily what I've been working with in the SharePoint 2010 platform), but very little experience of setting up sites using as much out of the box functionality as possible. Based on what I've read there was a suitable site template available in SharePoint 2007, but I'm yet to find one for SharePoint 2010. At the moment I'm considering to set up the News feed using the Content Query Web Part. Thankful for any suggestions, tips or hints.

Regards,
Johan Nordholm

 

5 Answers Found

 

Answer 1

Hello,

What version of SharePoint 2010 are you using?  SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 Standard, or SharePoint Server 2010 Standard?

The templates that will be available to you will depend on the version you are using.  For the most part, the site  templates that were available to you in 2007, are available in 2010.  The big one that is missing is the Collaborative Portal.  To pick the right template, you need to think of how it is going to be used.  For starters, you want to use the Content Query Web Part (CQWP).  This is only available when Publishing Features are enabled, and will also require you to have SharePoint Server 2010 Standard or Enterprise.  If it were me, I would look at two options:  Team Site and then enable Publishing features or Publishing Portal.

 

Answer 2

We're using SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise. Thanks for your feedback. Will give it a try, using Publishing Portal and CQWP. Otherwise I can always resort to developing Web Parts ;)

Regards,

Jphan Nordholm

 

Answer 3

Well, you answered my question but I've encountered some "issues".

Really want I want is a blank top-level site  (say Home), with two sub-sites: news  and Events. At the top-level  site only the most recent content of the News site and the Events site should be displayed, and I figure the Content Query Web Part will be sufficient for that particular purpose. However, for the two sub-sites, I'm going for an intranet  news publishing mechanism - would be nice to access news articles via URL, etc. These internal news and events may very well contain a great deal of information (and perhaps an image and whatnot). Hence, I should go for the page publishing structure of a Publishing Site rather than the announcement list structure that comes with a Team Site.

I can't really figure out how this is supposed to work. I created a blank top-level site, and then added a Publishing Site (News) as a sub-site. The site only contains a welcome page, which I'm yet to customize. However, I'm looking for some type of "add news article" functionality, which the very least gives me a new article page for creating the news article. I'm yet to find this. The end user's supposed to go to the News site, click say "Create News Article", add some content and then publish the article.

I figured I would use the Article Page content type and add pages to a library - i.e. the pages (of content type Article Page) will really be the news. The only thing I can find throughout the UI, for something like "add news" functionality is to add an item for the library. But the Pages library (the generated Document Library for the site) results in uploading a document when trying to add an item - which of course makes perfect sense - but is far from what I'm hoping to achieve.

To sum up, the announcement list of the Team Site won't fulfill the requirements for news articles, whereas the Article Page content type of the Publishing Site template  does. However, the Publishing Site doesn't seem to cover the big picture - from the end user's perspective - and the only thing I seem able of achieving without uploading a document is to edit the default welcome page via the ribbon.

I know I must have got something regarding the publishing site terribly wrong, but I'm yet to figure out how this should work. Help... ;) 

* Edit: I found the "New Document" option in the ribbon to add a new Article Page to the document library, but aren't there any smoother way of achieving this functionality (again, from the end user perspective)?

Regrads,
Johan Nordholm

 

Answer 4

Hello John,

There is a blank site  template you can start with.  Once you create  the site collection, then enable the publishing feature. Are you trying to display the most recent news  and events items in the same web part?  If so, why not separate them into two web parts? The Publishing site will have some nice web content management features, but once the rollup functionality is setup, you won't really need to have them.  Your users will simply be adding Announcement list items and Article pages to a document library.  The real catch is that you need publishing features to be able to use the Content Query Web Part. To create a new article page, your uses with have to click on Site Actions > More Options.  Here they can select a Publishing Page and when the click create, they will be prompted to select a page layout (if you go into Site Actions > Site Settings > Page Layouts and Site Templates (under Look and Feel) you can restrict the template  options that are available;  this will ensure your users only have the option to use an article page or your choosing). For this issue:  "I figured I would use the Article Page content type and add pages to a library - i.e. the pages (of content type Article Page) will really be the news. The only thing I can find throughout the UI, for something like "add news" functionality is to add an item for the library. But the Pages library (the generated Document Library for the site) results in uploading a document when trying to add an item - which of course makes perfect sense - but is far from what I'm hoping to achieve."  If you create a document library and have the Library Tools > Library tab selected and click on Library settings in the ribbon, you will be taken the "[Your library name]:  Document Library Settings" page.  Click on Advanced Options and select "Yes" for "Allow Mangement of Content Types" and click Ok.  You will be taken back to the settings page where you will see a new area where you can manage your content types.  Click "add from existing content types" and in the window that pops up, add the Article Page content type and click OK.  Once again you will be taken back to the settings page.  Click on "Change new button order and default content type"  and on the new window that pops up, remove the check from the box for Document.  This will leave the only option available for your users, and the new default value as an Article Page.  Click OK, and navigate back to your document library page.  If you click on the New Item link, it should bring up an option to create a new Article Page.  You can hover your cursor over the New Item link, right click, and save that URL.  On the News site homepage, you can create a link so users can easilty create a new Article Page. I agree that a Publishing Portal will be better than using the Team Site template.

Please let me know if this helps.

 

Answer 5

Thanks Chris!

Very helpful indeed! Think I'm starting to get a hang of this now :)

 
 
 

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