First experiences with SharePoint 2013 item templates
Microsoft has done a great job with pushing their search technology a step further into the central arena of creating SharePoint applications:
- Using the content by search webpart one can now show result sets across site collections whereas the content by query webpart was limited to the scope of only one site collection;
- Using display templates in order to create customized visual representations – just by editing html templates right from your favorite html design tool.
Some caveats though that I would like to express, hoping to influence Microsoft product development:
- Web Part configuration – the configuration of all the various content search webparts across your solution can become quite cumbersome, i.e. 1) Browse to the page, 2) Toggle Edit mode, 3) Edit the webpart, 4) Edit all the various settings of the content by search webpart, 5) Save the webpart settings, 6) Save the page. I am looking forward to a tool that will make my live easier;
- Selecting the right metadata – your display template needs to know what metadata fields are available to render. SharePoint currently does not have a tool on board to help you in catching available metadata. You need to traverse from content type internal fields names into the search schema yourself to discover the metadata field names!