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How to Develop a Website using Sharepoint!!

  Asked By: Bob    Date: Mar 04    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 2165

We have a requirement from the client in which he wants us to develop 3 web pages using SHarepoint, following which he wants to take the 3 web pages as framework or basic pages to add contents to customize the same, and develop a web site subsequently from the same. The 3 webpages are something akin to a Home Page, other pages etc. with a left nav bar, upper horizontal bars, placeholder in body of page to hold contents.

Can someone point me to the correct approach for this ?



6 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Darrius Whitfield     Answered On: Mar 04

Yes, you can create SharePoint site using OM. More on this tomorrow.

Answer #2    Answered By: Adrienne Greene     Answered On: Mar 04

Nice to know this can be accomplished.. I'm waiting to know more..

Answer #3    Answered By: Joshuah Huber     Answered On: Mar 04

It's important for you to realize what the capabilities are of the the two SharePoint products before you choose a solution.

Windows SharePoint Services (used to be called SharePoint Team Services) is a free product that is bundled with Windows Server 2003. It is designed to provide an easily maintainable collaborative workspace for internal teams through the use of customizable web parts. It is not designed to replace a web server for dissemination of information to the Internet, and can be quite difficult to customize to any great degree.

SharePoint Portal Server, on the other hand, is a separate fee-based product that is designed specifically to disseminate information. It provides extensive capabilities to aggregate information across multiple sites, locations, information domains, etc with in-depth search and categorization. This product is not cheap, and is, IMHO, even harder to customize than WSS. For the type of application that you have mentioned, this is complete overkill.

A better approach might be to stick with a basic e-commerce web site, and use some automated tools and templates to build what you need. A good combination for this is DreamWeaver and a couple of extensions from WebAssist, namely SiteAssist and DataAssist. The SiteAssist extension will generate an entire web front end using a wizard-based template that is easy to maintain. The DataAssist extension is similar, but is designed to ease backend management of the database. Both products will work with ColdFusion, ASP, or PHP, so you have a range of options available to you. There are many other add-on products for DreamWeaver if you don't like the WebAssist products. (http://www.webassist.com)

Answer #4    Answered By: Gopal Jamakhandi     Answered On: Mar 04

Cost is not an issue here, we can use SharePoint Portal Server for this. Also, the client wants us to use the same, so could you lemme know how to use the same to achieve our purpose ?

Answer #5    Answered By: Dameon Dejesus     Answered On: Mar 04

Cost is not the main issue here. It's that you have to climb a steep learning curve to use SharePoint Portal, and it's not really designed to do what you want it to do anyway.

Using DreamWeaver, on the other hand, you can create a template page and generate your site from that. You can leave the content space empty, and allow the customer to populate it directly using Contribute. If you need to tweak the site, you modify the template, and all changes are pushed out to all of the web pages. So you put your banner, navigation menus, footers, etc in the template.

I ran a 70-page student web site using this technique and it was quite effortless. The hardest part is building the basic template, and you can use third-party products to do that. One of my favorites is Project Seven (http://www.projectseven.com). Another is InterAkt. (http://www.interakt.com)

Answer #6    Answered By: Tejaswani Barve     Answered On: Mar 04

I have written a series of articles that provides tempates for pages and and easy way to enter content.

Enabling Users to Maintain SharePoint Content
Ideas for enabling users to maintain content on a SharePoint site.

Document Library Quick Launch
Dynamically display the documents in a library similar to the Quick Launch bar.

Using a Custom Web Page Template for Easy Content Entry
Combine the Content Editor Web Part and the Document Library Quick Lauch to create a Content Entry solution.

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