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  Asked By: Johnpaul    Date: Dec 21    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1283

I come from a Dreamweaver-web-site design background. I also
have no programming experience to speak of.

Our company wants to use the Sharepoint Portal and the Sharepoint
Services for our intranet.

So far, if I've understand correctly, I've determined that the
portal will be used to display company announcements, news, etc. and
a point to access our departments' sites. Each department site
could contain viewable information for the entire company and
information viewable by the department only.

I've purchased 3 books to try and get started with Sharepoint which
I feel have given me a very rudimentary understanding of what I want
to do and how the features of the Sharepoint portal and services can
be used.

But I just feel a little overwhelmed also about where to start with
this totally-new-to-me concept. So my question is basically does
anyone have a "getting started" (step-by-step) type of book they
could recommend to help this beginner????

After we get the basic intranet going we will be integrating
Sharepoint for our Controlled Document Management and Image Library.

Please Remember, I come more from the artsy designer background and
not the techie/programmer background so tailor your answers



1 Answer Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Guadalupe Bullock     Answered On: Dec 21

I am not sure which books  you have already purchased, but here is a list
of more books that may be helpful:
http://heathersolomon.com/blog/articles/148.aspx#RecRead" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">heathersolomon.com/blog/articles/148.aspx#RecRead

It sounds like you are going in the right direction, portals are meant
to be a launch pad to other information, to act as a portal  in the true
sense of the word. Static information  geared towards a large audience
is better suited for a portal, while more intimate team information is
better suited on a Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) site, also referred
to as team sites  off a portal. WSS sites are for team collaboration,
more secured list and file management  and for short term content,
meetings and projects.

SharePoint is a product where the best guide is to learn by doing. I
would suggest you set up a test portal and WSS site so you can use it as
a playground to get familiar with SharePoint. I also have a large list
of resources available that may be helpful:

And newsgroups like this and blogs will provide a lot of information.

As for the document  and image  management, do your homework on that first
as many people get frustrated with the document and image libraries
within SharePoint. They were not built for heavy file management. You
may be better off investigating a document repository tool for that.

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