We are trying to develop a structure for an Intranet site on SharePoint but we don't know what items are a must-have for such sites.

For sure there must be News and Announcements. But what else?


  • Just ask employees what do they need ? Or check what they already have, and try to improve it. For example (if you don't already have), create workflows for vacation requests ? Enable MySite ? Edit: Oops, just see the answer below. Don't matter about this comment if not needed. – Nico Dec 2 '14 at 13:02
  • @Nico thanks, if you can give me a simpler structure on what is common on Intranet sites, I will be humbly thankful. – Ngeshlew Dec 3 '14 at 6:41
  • I would suggest the following : divide your sites, one site (subsite) for each service (HR,Marketing,IT for example). Then I think you need a subsite for your employees in general (where you can place vacation request or similar). If you need, you can do a subsite for the direction, and finally think about customers access if you have (by having a second web application or something like this). I hope I'm understandable enough. – Nico Dec 8 '14 at 7:32

If you're setting up an Intranet, I would highly recommend looking into the principles of Information Architecture. I've found O'Reilly's Information Architecture for the World Wide Web to be a fantastic resource (http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596000356.do); it's a fairly quick read and the first half of the book will grant you an immediate return on your invested time. The book isn't intended for SharePoint, but I've found the concepts to be very applicable.

  • Thanks @MattCoats I will get the book and go through it. – Ngeshlew Dec 3 '14 at 6:38

The content and structure depends on what the end user wants. Below are some points you should consider

  1. What kind of content will you have on sites?
  2. How will your users find and access content?
  3. What do users need to do with content?
  4. How will content be managed through its lifecycle?

Once you collect these requirements, then you can translate those into SharePoint sites and content structure.

For Ex:

  1. Creating content types
  2. Metadata and search results
  3. Creating terms
  4. Creating list and libraries
  • Thanks!That sounds very complex for a beginner, any easier way out of this? – Ngeshlew Dec 3 '14 at 6:40

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