Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Internet facing SharePoint Sites

Not sure if any of you are aware, but I've been working on an internet facing site for the past few months (scheduled to go live in March). There's a few things to keep in mind when developing internet facing site:
1, Size: Many people still have dial-up connections, so make your page small
2, Accessablity/usablity: make sure it works on all browsers/platforms
3, Managability: make use administrators can easily manage content on the site.
4, Search: out of the box search doesn't do partial keyword search.

Another thing to keep in mind is performance. Content deployment etc all have impact on the performance of the site.

Once the site goes live, I will publish the url and you can all see it. If you want an example of how not to develop a site, go to and you will see what I mean. I don't think they tried it on any browser other than IE7. It doesn't work under IE6 or IE8 properly, nor under Firefox (I haven't tried any other browser). Plus the page is heavy and takes minutes to fully load with a dial-up connection.


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