Tag Archives: Site Features

SharePoint 2013: Minimal Download Strategy


Problem :

Its been quite a while since SharePoint is in market.It has come a long way since it evolution in 2003. It takes a lot of hard work to convince customers to make a move from their traditional Content Publisher to SharePoint platform and SharePoint has been emerged as one of the market leader in that.

More often SharePoint is been criticized for its performance; it is been always said that SharePoint loads the page slowly and it takes a considerably amount of time to load the heavy sites including the involvement of external database. To overcome this many concepts like caching is been evolved; which still refresh the whole page rather than loading the only part of a page which is been modified; but recent version of SharePoint has introduced a concept of “Minimal Download Strategy”.

It is nothing but a feature which is activated by default on SharePoint Team Sites. Its technique to use single page “_layouts/15/start.aspx” with URL encoded with following # text.

Solution :

Minimal download strategy improved the SharePoint Site performance by improving navigation,fast rendering on client browser. It also reduces the SharePoint page load time, because it loads only a part of a page which is been modified rather than getting a duplicate data from server.

To remove this extra text from URL you need to deactivate this feature at site collection level.To deactivate this feature go to site Settings -> Manage Site Features – > Find Minimal Download Strategy Feature – > Click on Deactivate.

Upon deactivation of this feature you will see text “_layouts/15/start.aspx” is been removed from SharePoint Site URL.

Note: However this is been recommended that MDS should be enables on SharePoint Site for performance improvement.

10 Best Productivity Features in SharePoint 2013 – slideshare


Slide from webinar. A walkthru of the Top 10 productivity features in SharePoint 2013. It explain why a productivity focus is important, and compelling reasons to move to SP2013.

Ref : slideshare

Creating Permission Levels in MOSS

Some days ago I was asked about how to allow users to add forms to a forms library without having to grant users the Contributor role because with this permission level the users have also rights to change other’s forms.   The answer is that the users only need Add and Read permission to add new forms to a Forms Library and the ability to read them.  What I forgot when I was giving my answer was how to create a permission level and add these rights to the new security schema.  The “quick recipe” about how to create a permission level will be:

  1. Go to Site Action Menu.
  2. On that menu, go to Site Settings.
  3. Choose People and Groups
  4. On the quick launch bar, there is a link to Site Permissions.
  5. On the Settings menu, click over Permission Levels.
  6. On the Permission Level page, you can click over new and create a new permission level.
  7. Add the permission that you want (in this case, Add and Read).
  8. Name it.
  9. You can now use that permission level on your form library to allow users to create forms without having the risk of users modifying other people’s forms.

This is an easy steps list, if you need more information about how to administer permission levels go to here.

How to create or copy permission levels from programming

Create a “New” by Making a Copy of Existing Permission Level

Enable BI Center as a subsite

Enabling the following features at a team site collection will allow you to create a BI Centre as a sub-site to it.

Site -> Site Actions -> Site Collections Administration -> Site Collection Features -> SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure

Site -> Site Settings -> Site collection administration -> Site Collection Features -> PerformancePoint Services Site collection features

Site -> Site Settings -> Site Features -> PerformancePoint Services Site Features