A beginner's guide to metadata

Nov 8, 2016 3:34:51 PM

One of the most powerful features in SharePoint is metadata. If you’ve ever attended a SharePoint conference or gone through expert-led SharePoint training, you’ve probably heard this term come up a number of times, though it’s likely you walked away confused or wondering exactly how you apply this super tool in an everyday way that would make your life easier.

Topics: SharePoint search, metadata

Make your everyday SharePoint searches better

Nov 1, 2016 5:29:49 PM

Looking to get the most out of your everyday SharePoint searches? Look no further. This infographic covers all you would ever need to know to search as smartly as possible, garnering you the best results you can get. More detailed explanations and the sources for all of the items in this infographic can be found here.

Topics: SharePoint search

Steps to create your own SharePoint search application

Feb 4, 2015 10:40:37 AM

Search in SharePoint installations is still a pain point for many users. However, what they do not realize is that their ability to find information is not because search is not powerful enough—it is! The information is there; unfortunately, it is presented like the thousands of letters dumped on the judge’s desk in “Miracle on 34th Street”: overwhelming.

Configuring search is a function for power users, not IT. Much is written about SharePoint 2013 search in terms of architecture and infrastructure configuration, and that information typically targets the IT department, where search is implemented. But search is a tool for the business user to configure and provide upkeep. The best analogy I have heard in this regard is from Jeff Fried of BA Insight: Search is like gardening. It takes constant attention and pruning.

Topics: SharePoint search

There's no need to be a nerd to use SharePoint

Sep 24, 2014 10:27:00 AM



SharePoint expert Benjamin Niaulin sat down at SPTechCon with conference chairman David Rubinstein to discuss search Web parts, why he does what he does, and how he got where he is without knowing how to code!

Topics: SharePoint, SharePoint Basics,, SharePoint search

Search components and health

Aug 12, 2014 3:00:00 PM

In SharePoint 2010, the bulk of search ran under the mssearch.exe process. In SharePoint 2013, the search components are split out and now run under the "Search Host Controller Service." As defined by TechNet, "This service manages the search topology components. The service is automatically started on all servers that run search topology components."

Topics: SharePoint, SharePoint search