Activate the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure
A SharePoint Online tutorial by Peter Kalmström
Online has various featues that are not enabled by default when the root site
in the site collection is a team site. One of them is the SharePoint Server
Publishing Infrastructure. When it has been activated, several new features
become available in the site collection. Some of them are immediately obvious,
while others are visible only through the links on the Site Settings page
or in galleries or libraries. In the next eight articles we will have a look
at some features that require activation of the SharePoint Server Publishing
In the demo below Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer of kalmstrom.com
Business Solutions, explains how to activate the SharePoint Server Publishing
Infrastructure for the site collection. Peter also shows how this gives you
more navigation options to choose from.
Activate the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure for a site collection
- Click on the settings gear and select Site settings.
- In the Site Collection Administration group, click on the link 'Site
- Scroll down to SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure and click
on the Activate button.
The activation of the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure takes a
few minutes, but after that you can see that the Look and Feel group in the
Site Settings has become different. Instead of the links to the Quick Launch
and the Top link bar, there will be one Navigation link. It opens a page with
more options than before, for example to open a link in a new window and to
select audience for the link. We will have a closer look at these options
in the next few demos.
Other benefits of enabling the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure
are that you get easy access to the
Content and Structure
application, where you can manage the site collection's files, apps and sites,
and that you can use the
Content Query web part.
This web part searches the site collection or specified sites and not the
index, so it is suitable for content that is often changed.
When you have activated the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure for
a site collection, you can also
activate the SharePoint Server Publishing feature for a site within that
site collection, which gives you more powerful layout options.