All my life, I’ve wanted a consistent Menu system…

Up until now, menu systems for MOSS had to be built if you created new site collections that resided below the “parent” site (Parent in a URL-hierarchal sense). The team at RDA have released a few projects, but by far and away the best one from them (IMHO) is the Global Navigation solution in CodePlex.

Basically, you can nominate a web site or set of web sites you want to have the navigation based on, then using a separate administration page, Staple it to whichever web sites you want. I hope to try it out on one of our lab servers soon, and if it works as described I’ll just start rolling this out as a matter of course for all of the clients I create intranet sites for, where you will often have separate site collections with separate navigation in the same URL hierarchy.

You can get the code and binaries for it here – there’s also a blog entry with screen shots here – I just wish they’d explain what they mean by the phrase “associating a Data Source with all sites” – Is the web site the data source? A Database table?



About Brad Saide

I'm a SharePoint consultant. I'm also slowly going bald, seem to have a permanent spare tyre around my waist and enjoy socialising with friends over a beer or 10. The last 2 may possibly be related. Started working with SharePoint when the first version was in limited beta release (participated in the Technology Adoption Program while at Woolworths) and have been committed to the adoption of the technology as a business enabler ever since.
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One Response to All my life, I’ve wanted a consistent Menu system…

  1. Yaohan says:

    This is great stuff. I\’ve been thinking about writing one myself, since it\’s always painful to explain to clients that this doesn\’t come out of the box. Good job, pal.

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