As many of you may know , Microsoft SharePoint has been the largest-selling software product in the history of the company. In the last 11 years, since the arrival of SharePoint 2001, SharePoint has captured a large share of the collaboration market. Today, SharePoint 2010 is used widely as a content or document management system, for company intranets, extranets and public websites.
We can define these terms as:
Intranet - An intranet is the internal facing portal in your company for your employees
Extranet - An extranet is the protected external facing portal in your company. It is used by business partners, clients and special customers
Public Website - The public website is the public-facing version of your website.
There are many benefits for organizations that use a common tecnology and framework for all of their web properties. These include:
- Savings in software licensing costs
- A smaller pool of developers competent in similar technologies
Historically, companies have been unable to use a common technology across the web properties because of the cost of the solutions, and the difficulty of using the solutions.
SharePoint 2010 includes a number of rich content management features that help organizations to manage their content and keep it current. These features include:
- Various page layout options allowing website creators to create pages quickly
- Ability to support rich streaming media
- Ability to roll up content easily
- Common meta data that allows content to be published once and available anywhere
- Better control during the authoring process
- Workflows for content review and approval
- Easy deployment from staging to production
- Web analytics
In our subsequent blog posts, we will be discussing the specific features of SharePoint 2010 and third party products to help create a useful customer portals or extranets.