Monday, January 19, 2015

SharePoint Navigation

 

There are two main out-of-the-box navigation options in SharePoint as well as a third, custom, search-driven approach. Each option has pros and cons as outlined in the following table.

 

Structural navigation

Managed navigation

Search-driven navigation

Pros:

· Easy to configure

· Security-trimmed

· Automatically updates as sites are added

Pros:

· Easy to maintain

· Performs well even with complex navigation

Pros:

· Security-trimmed

· Automatically updates as sites are added

· Fast loading time and locally cached navigation structure

Cons:

· Can perform poorly with complex site structure

Cons:

· Not security-trimmed

· Not automatically updated to reflect site structure

Cons:

· No ability to easily order sites

· Requires customization of the master page (technical skills required)