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  1. Hansbla says:

    Heh. Thanks for this. I have been trying to figure it out and funnily enough I basicly came with these options as well. Always nice to have some affirmation of your own thoughtbends.

    Pretty handy to have to pros and cons for each option too.

  2. Mel says:

    Hello. Another great post!  Could you possibly expand on option 3 a little bit?  I'm not familiar with publishing features so I can't quite figure out how it would work.

  3. I have to take the time to write a full post on it, but in a nutshell, you need to activate the SharePoint Server Publishing Feature (site collection feature).  This allows you to have WCM pages.

    You then need to create a feature that brings a Content Type + Page Layout so that you can have that nicer look & feel page.  Optionally, you can use the Content Type Hub to push the changes to that content type, which would allow to add new properties, however the Page Layout wouldn't follow (there are multiple ways to do something about this, hence why I need to package a solution and post a solution when I can).

    After your next crawl on a site that has one of these pages, you will have your new properties as "crawled properties" in your search engine.  You can make these as managed properties and use them for your search queries.


  4. Mel says:

    Hello Maxime, thanks for the quick response. I look forward to your more detailed post, when you get a chance. In the meantime, just another point of clarification: I'm not sure about the connection between a page layout and the crawled properties. Do the fields on the page layout create META tags and those are crawled? Are there specific types of fields to use on the page layout? Thanks again.

  5. Hi Mel, I'm assuming you are using SharePoint search or FAST for SharePoint of course, otherwise it would work only if the other engine understands SharePoint columns.

    in the case of SharePoint search or F4SP, whenever it crawls a SharePoint list, it will crawl its columns as well.  They become available in the Search Service Application as Crawled Properties (under the metadata properties menu on the left, then 2nd tab up top).

    All SharePoint fields will be crawled.

  6. Mel says:


    I eventually got around to implementing option 3, content type + page layout.  It works neat, but how to I get search results to link to teh site's home page? My results are linking to the publishing page that holds the site info.


  7. Hi Mel,

    it's actually the point, but re-reading the image, I can see what's misleading.  The idea is that doing this gives you a link to the workspace directly, not a list item that's outside of the site.  But yes, it will point to that publishing page.  You could have that publishing page as your home page (i.e.: with different display in edit versus display modes).

    As an alternative, it would be possible to add a control on that page to redirect to the home page if the referral is coming from search.


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