Sharepoint websites

Sharepoint websites accepted all over the globe for Corporate portals. Also the competition in the ecommerce industry is growing multiple times with each passing day. Therefore, as an online business owner, you need to ensure that your website stands apart from the already crowded place. After all, it is your website which primarily represents your organization in the virtual world. You need to ensure that your website features rich and optimized content while focusing on user experience, which in turn would help your brand create customer experience and improve your top line. In this world of multiple digital channels, it has become imperative that you have a strong grip on marketing measurement optimization in order to be able to drive success across different platforms. With websites concentrating on equipping users with tools, services, software and interactivity, the role of SharePoint becomes that much more vital. SharePoint websites provide its users with a variety of out of the box features. This highly advanced platform has the ability to deliver an array of social features including user profiles, blogs, forums, wikis,document management,news, events, etc. By integrating these features with your website, you can build your online communities and improve information between you and users, which in turn would strengthen the bond between your customers and your brand.

SharePoint Branding

The design features in SharePoint 2013 offer an improved process for designing a public-facing internet site or an internal-facing intranet site with pixel-perfect branding. If you are a professional web designer who knows HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you already have the skills necessary to design a SharePoint site. The new features in a publishing site minimize the amount of SharePoint knowledge that is required to successfully design and brand a SharePoint site.

App Parts

It is similar to WebPart, but inside that, you will not be finding any ascx files or any of the custom layouts pages to achieve the functionality. It can be described as a container to hold the Apps and can be rendered on the SharePoint SitePages as well as Application Pages. The creation will be somewhat similar to the WebPart Creation.

There are three major types of SharePoint apps. Each one has its own benefits and limitations. Developers creating these apps need to understand these options. They should also be understood by those who are responsible for governance and change-management. These types are:

SharePoint-Hosted Apps

App that consist only of SharePoint solution that doesn’t have any server-side code. Client-side code is allowed and communication with SharePoint is also there. Requires setting up and configuring of app host.

Provider-Hosted Apps

These apps include server-side components. This generally comes in the form of IIS hosted applications and Web services that are not installed to the SharePoint farm, but are still leveraged by the app when it is deployed to SharePoint. The server-side services themselves are hosted on a separate Web platform, such as Microsoft Azure. These remote components are deployed separately from the app.

Autohosted Apps

This new type of app only relates to Office 365 and SharePoint Online. It has server-side components similar to Provider-Hosted Apps. What makes it unique is that it not only provisions the app in SharePoint, but also automatically provisions components into Azure.

Business Connectivity Services

Business Connectivity Services offers improvements to the way that SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 clients can access data that is stored outside of SharePoint. These improvements include support for apps in SharePoint, external list improvements to provide functional parity with other SharePoint lists, and support for OData Business Data Connectivity (BDC) connections. Visual Studio 2010 can connect to an OData endpoint through business Connectivity Services to automatically generate a BDC model for OData data sources. There is a SharePoint 2013 event listener and subscriber to receive notifications from external systems when data changes.

Business intelligence

SharePoint Server 2013 business intelligence applications and tools let you organize your vision of organizational goals, processes, and performance requirements. Create powerful data mash-ups using PowerPivot, with the ability to process billions of rows, create data models and facilitate sharing and collaboration with Excel Services. Power View provides intuitive ad-hoc reporting. With PerformancePoint Services and Dashboard Designer, along with Visio Services, create sophisticated dashboards capable of integrating reports and metrics from multiple data sources that are customizable for your audience.

SharePoint Workflow

Workflow is sometimes described as a series of tasks that produce an outcome. In the context of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies, workflow is defined more narrowly as the automated movement of documents or items through a sequence of actions or tasks that are related to a business process. Workflows can be used to consistently manage common business processes within an organization by enabling the organization to attach business logic to documents or items in a SharePoint list or library. Business logic is basically a set of instructions that specifies and controls the actions that happen to a document or item.

Workflows can streamline the cost and time required to coordinate common business processes, such as project approval or document review, by managing and tracking the human tasks involved with these processes. For example, in an Office SharePoint Server 2007 site, you can add a workflow to a document library that routes a document to a group of people for approval. When the document author starts this workflow on a document in that library, the workflow creates document approval tasks, assigns these tasks to the workflow participants, and then sends e-mail alerts to the participants with task instructions and a link to the document to be approved. While the workflow is in progress, the workflow owner (in this case, the document author) or the workflow participants can check the Workflow Status page to see which participants have completed their workflow tasks. When the workflow participants complete their workflow tasks, the workflow ends, and the workflow owner is automatically notified that the workflow has completed.

Web Parts

A Web Part is a modular and reusable component that can be placed into any SharePoint Services web page. A Web Part is generally composed of a Web Part description file (.dwp) and some external code that provides the functionality (a .NET assembly or .dll file). For most purposes, however, all you need to know is that a Web Part is a building block for a team site.

A webpart is a window to a list or library displayed on a page of a Sharepoint Site. These windows are customizable using columns depending what type of information you may want displayed. Many different webparts can be shown on one page in webpart zones that can be easily added. Webparts display data from sources including lists, forms, documents, and pages.