Modify the Content Search Web Part display template and use Windows PowerShell to start Usage analytics in SharePoint Server 2013

This is a blog post in the series “How to display Recommendations and Popular items on a SharePoint Server 2013 site.” In the previous post, I introduced you to the Usage analytics feature. In this blog post: Change the mapping of the UsageAnalyticsID managed property Modify a Content Search Web Part display template so that…


An introduction to recommendations and popular items in SharePoint Server 2013

In SharePoint Server 2013, recommendations and popular items can be displayed because a feature called Usage analytics tracks and analyzes how visitors interact with your website. You can use the results that Usage analytics produces to add content to your website, for example “People who viewed this item also viewed” or “Popular items in this…


How to display recommendations and popular items on a SharePoint Server 2013 site

In this blog series, I’ll describe how you can use the new Usage analytics feature in SharePoint Server 2013 to display “smart content” on your website.  By “smart content” I mean content such as recommendations and popular items.  Recommendations are based on how other visitors have interacted with your site. For example, on a product…


Changes to content deployment in SharePoint Server 2013

If you’re familiar with the content deployment feature in previous versions of SharePoint Server, then you’ve probably heard that there have been a few changes to make it easier in SharePoint Server 2013. In this blog post, I’ll explain those changes, including: When to use content deployment Alternatives to content deployment What’s new for content…


Integrating social media with public-facing websites in SharePoint 2013

Integrating social media within your organization can help you reach your organization’s goals. The integration can be done on your organization’s intranet to increase transparency, but you can also make social networks a part of your public-facing website to expand reach and increase conversion of your website. This post is written by Waldek Mastykarz, Microsoft…


Stage 15: Add refiners for faceted navigation to a publishing site

This is a blog post in the series “How to set up a product-centric website in SharePoint Server 2013.”  In this series, I’ll use data from a fictitious company called “Contoso” to show you how to use search features to set up a website based on product catalog data. Note: Most of the features described…