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Cross site colleciton navigation made easy

Posted By: Vladi Gubler     Category: Sharepoint     Views: 3036

Explains how to overcome one of the major limitations of SharePoint - cross site collection navigation

Hi All,

If you have a large SharePoint installation, you've probably already divided your data into several site collections and placed them in separate databases. The reason to do that are the built-in limitations of SharePoint, perfomance and backup restore functionality. Basically, it is really not a good idea to keep it all in one giant site collection as bad things will start happening pretty soon 

But how you handle your navigation menu now? When everything was under a single site collection, SharePoint took care of it, whenever you added a site, it would appear under the navigation menu, no questions asked. Now it's a bit trickier, SharePoint has no native support for cross-site collection navigation (which sucks). You have a few options though:

  1. Create links between site collections manually - a pain in the lower rear end
  2. Create a custom web part to handle the navigation - crude, unnatural, prone to errors
  3. Use an XML navigation provider - not the most convenient solution, plus you need to update this file on all front-ends each time you add a site collection
  4. Missing some other similar bad solution...

All of these solution have major flaws and none of them provides a real security trimming for the menu, where each user only see what is permitted, which is very important for keeping everything safe and secure.

 

Well, there is a better way, our product, ECS (http://infowisesolutions.com/product.aspx?id=ECS) does just that and more. It seamlessly integrates into your web site to provide true security-trimmed cross site collection navigation, it will handle creation of new site collections and will even allow you to inherit permissions between different site collections. Your end users will be able to add new site collection without even knowing it! And obviously the product works with built-in cache, so the performance is excellent. You can even include site collection from a different farm altogether (the functionality is a bit reduced, but still you get the security trimming!)

 

Try it out now, the installation is a simple NEXT-NEXT-NEXT and you just activate the feature on a web application of your choosing. Not happy? Uninstall the product and everything gets back to normal immediately.

Originally published at: http://infowisesolutions.com/blog/Comments.aspx?ArticleId=17

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Vladi Gubler
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CTO at Infowise Knowledge SolutionSpecializing in SharePoint development and retail, custom projects and consulting http://www.infowisesolutions.com

 
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