SharePoint 2013 – Templates – Team Site
This blog is part of series of posts related to SharePoint 2013. In this post we will cover most of the features available in new team site template in SharePoint 2013.
Create new web application – nothing much to explain here
2. Create Site collection by selecting team site as Template
3. After Team site is created below is a snapshot of the landing page of the team site. The look and feel has changed a lot compared to SharePoint 2010. Header is smaller and better looking. You can also see a carousel in middle of the first time users of the site to get started with the team site.
Let’s go various through various components on the page and then at site level
Lets go through the header first. The ribbon is mostly like SharePoint 2010.
Let’s have a look at the page option in the ribbon
If you see the above figure, you will see some new options like popularity trends. Popularity trends option gives you usage reports of the site. When you click Popularity trends link a spreadsheet (usage report) will be downloaded in your computer. Below is a snapshot of one of such spreadsheets.
It is also worth to see the enhancement of tags and notes interface. Below gives a view on how it looks, when you click on tags and notes link in the ribbon.
Now let’s have a look at edit page option. In below figure you will see couple of new options – App Part and Embed Code.
App Part – a self containing functionality without server side code. I will be writing separate post about app parts but incase you are still confused about SharePoint solutions vs Apps, click on this msdn link
Now lets try out embed code functionality. When you click on embed code link a pop up will open in which you can write the embed code. In below figure I have added embed code for a youtube video. You can see also see the preview of the embedded code in the pop up itself so that you can get a sense on how the code will look like once added on the page.
The next figure will show the embedded code added on the page
Now let’s try to move to links on the right side in header. The below figure shows the popup visible once we click on “Share” link in the header. Through this functionality you will be able to share the site with external users. Its worth noting that with SharePoint 2013, you can share the site also by email ids of the users.
Sync link is the functionality which is used to sync with offline devices. I will cover this topic in detail in future posts. The last link on right side is Focus content. Through this you can concentrate only on the content part of the page and not other elements like navigation. Below figure is an example on how it looks when you click on focus content link
When you click on settings icon on the top right you will a sub menu like shown in the below image. It has following options
Shared with – it will show with whom all the site is shared
Edit Page – self explanatory
New Page – self explanatory
Add App – After clicking on this you will be taken to a separate page where you choose one of the apps to be added in the site.
View Site Contents – self explanatory
Site settings – self explanatory
Now lets click on Add an app link in the above menu. Below shows a list of apps available to be added in the site.
Let;s try to work on few of those apps. In this post I will try three of those a) Tasks b) Issue Tracking c) Discussion Board
Below figure shows how to add an Tasks app (previous known as list instance) Have to agree with other critics that coming from 2003 to 2007 to 2010, now considering list instance to be an app is really confusing. Probably the final release will clear this confusion in some better way. Anyways coming back to the topic below you see we have added a Task app and have named it as Project Tasks
Okay this bit is very refreshing. In below image you can see a timeline control which gives more of visual representation of various tasks. You can also see there are various views preconfigured like shown in the popup in the image.
Now let’s try to add couple of tasks
Once tasks are added you will see the view like shown the below image. You must have noticed even though we have added the tasks they are not showing in the timeline control.
To add those tasks in the timeline control you need to select those tasks in the view and click on “ Add to timeline” option in the ribbon like shown in the below image.
Below image is just an example of calendar view available with Task App. Looks really neat and clean to me.
Now lets move to second app type we will be covering in this post i.e. Issue Tracking App.
In below image you can see the default views available with Issue Tracking app type.
Now lets try creating third app type to be covered in this post which is discussion board (I really feel that Microsoft has improved the discussion board a lot in this version)
In below image we are creating a new discussion.
Below image shows the threaded view of the discussion. The user experience of this view has improved a lot as compared to previous versions of SharePoint. But still, I feel Microsoft should have added social tags functionality like “@ – for people” and “# – for tags” in every relevant functionality like in here for discussion reply text box. Lets hope in final release they have it.
Now lets go back on home page and checkout the document area in the middle. Below image gives a view on how it looks when you hover on any uploaded file. It’s important to note in SharePoint 2013 you can even follow a single document. Must say that’s really cool.
Okay now the last bit for this post i.e. Search functionality (this is not search center – I will be covering search center template in separate post which has lot more options while searching). Below images are examples of search page/functionality without search center.
Hope this post was useful. If yes please drop a note about it.