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Dave FisherNov 18, 20141 min read

Why SharePoint 2013 Search Based Intranets Aren't What you Think

Okay. If you've heard of SharePoint 2013, you've probably heard that one of its greatest improvements over SharePoint 2010 is Search. But, here's the thing. Most people I run into don't know what that means. I can't tell you how many people I've talked to that just assume SharePoint 2013 has a better search engine than it used to. That's true, but not what differentiates the platform from others. SharePoint Intranet design isn't what it used to be, and here's why…

Search bar does not mean search based intranet

Search is elemental to new SharePoint 2013 Intranets and Intranet design. SharePoint as a platform is fundamentally different than it used to be because of Search. If you're designing a SharePoint 2013 Intranet the way you would have designed a SharePoint 2010 Intranet, you're just doing it wrong. The face of SharePoint Search used to be that little box in the upper right hand corner of sites.


Now, a SharePoint 2013 search based Intranet looks like this:

My Projects - Example of a SharePoint 2013 Search Based Intranet


Or this:

Popular Documents - Example of a SharePoint 2013 Search Based Intranet


A search based Intranet can look like anything you want it to because of three factors which live completely under the surface for end users:


Managed Navigation

Content Search Web Parts

Display Templates


Using these features will allow you to surface content to users in a cleaner more efficient way that takes way less time to administer.



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Dave Fisher

Currently based in North Carolina, Dave Fisher, Aerie's founder, plays a variety of critical roles at Aerie, from developing new business and managing client relationships to back-end office logistics. “I try to give our team the tools and atmosphere so they can do what they do best,” he says. “I love how every project is unique — and it’s fun going to companies, learning what they do, understanding their needs and challenges, then being part of their success.”