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I'm building an intranet where the top navigation is organisational functions (Corporate Services, People, Brand). The homepage has a Content Search Web Part showing items of ContentType=News. The News Content Type is based off Announcement, each subsite (each department has a subsite) has a News list.

From my understanding of the cross-site publishing, I can use it to generate a nicely formatted page from list content. The question I have is, if I don't want to base my navigation on the content type, ie. News, is there a way to still use cross-site publishing?

eg. My sites are HR, Finance, etc

My top Nav is People, Corporate Services, etc
I don't use left nav. (it's hidden)

People has sub navigation items that go direct to pages in the subsites

eg. People\Induction -> HR/Pages/Induction.aspx

I want to show the news rollup on the home page which shows all news irrespective of the site. This is easy enough with a Content Search Web Part. When they click on the item in the news rollup, I want them to get a cross-site publishing-like item page that displays the News item, without having to add News to my top navigation.

I know there are a few options with navigation but unsure if I can achieve what I want or if I have to go back to News inheriting from Publishing Page? Another option might be to add it in the navigation but using css to set it to display:none?

appreciate any guidance

  • You should just be able to go into the term store and mark that you don't want News to show in either the global or the local nav. Then add a CSWP to the page for the items. – Rothrock Dec 16 '15 at 23:47
  • Thanks Rothrock. I read that as soon as you hide the term from navigation via the termstore 'show on navigation' option, it breaks the cross-site publishing. Have you any experience with that? I'm working through it at the moment so will report back my findings. – Andrew Robinson Dec 17 '15 at 0:59
  • Yes we've been using xsp for a bit over a year. You don't hide it on the authoring side, you share the terms and repin into your managed navigation term set. – Rothrock Dec 17 '15 at 1:09
  • Thanks again. I'll go ahead and set it up and trial it. I've played around with the custom URL formatting and now have my head around how it works. Have a page setup that takes the url parameter and displays the content dynamically... it's starting to make sense to me. I appreciate the replies. – Andrew Robinson Dec 17 '15 at 6:12
  • Yes when I realized that the managed navigation was separate from the xsp that was a big day for what we could do with our site. They work together and connecting the catalog creates a default navigation, but you can modify it add your own pages/links, etc. The managed navigation is one of the best features I think. – Rothrock Dec 17 '15 at 16:25

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