While List.ly is doing their best to get their Vimeo videos displayed properly, I thought I’d share a number of recent finds with you.
Where available, I have added related videos so you do not have 5, but 8 items to look at. In total, this should keep you busy for a little more than 30 minutes! 🙂
The logos are outdated so I guess the video is older than the upload date of February 2020. But as far as I can check in my one-person Delve, the functionality is still correct.
2. Your new intranet (in Portuguese)
Teaser for the upcoming new intranet at Samsonite Brazil. Uploaded March 2020.
3. CM3 SharePoint – your first walkthrough
Quite a long demo of this SharePoint intranet for a USA-based building services organization. This demo starts with the log-on process and it starts to get really interesting from 1.40 onwards, when the homepage is shown. I am fascinated by the colour scheme! It has a lot of useful content and other stuff. In their next video, they look a bit more at the homepage and the SharePoint functionalities and invite you to name the intranet (by completing a Form, of course!).
Uploaded March 2020.
4. Mobile app for real estate organization (builder) – in Dutch
Nice overview of the mobile (SharePoint-based) intranet-app for this Dutch real estate organization. They build houses but also own some DIY-shops in the Netherlands.
This mobile app has a ton of good stuff – News of course, colleague search, employee-stuff. It does not look like the native SharePoint app though.
Uploaded March 2020.
5. SmartSpace SharePoint intranet
Walkthrough of a SharePoint intranet for a software organization with offices in UK and USA. The look and feel is quite basic (just the company logo, not even their corporate colours) compared to the design of their proposal templates and website. They appear to do almost everything “corporate” in one site.
Having your Mission and Vision statement on the landing page must become boring after some time, but they may want to change that over time into News or something used frequently. I really like the fact they have a list of approved software (with details) as well as their project portfolio also in SharePoint lists.
Uploaded March 2020.
The other day I was helping someone design their SharePoint site. It struck me that the labels she wanted to use in the navigation were very long, and although they could technically be added, they displayed badly. They used more than one line and it was not clear which text belonged to which navigation item.
I could not tell her how many characters she could use, and I could also not find it described anywhere, so I had to check it out myself.
So, here’s a few numbers for navigation items on a site’s Homepage (and I wish WordPress had a nice table for this):
Current navigation / Quick Launch (vertical)
In Classic sites you can add 256 characters and they will all be displayed – breaking off at 24 characters, without indent.
With indent, 22 characters are shown per line.
In Modern sites you can add 256 characters but only 19 will be displayed – when you hover over the item 50 characters will be shown. When making this a sub-link, 16 chars are shown.
Global navigation (horizontal)
In Classic sites you can add 256 characters and they will all be displayed on top of the site – looking absolutely horrible and causing a horizontal scroll bar.
In Modern sites (Communication sites only) you can also add 256 characters but none of them will be displayed, instead you can click on the … and you will see the link title.
When you have a shorter link (In this case Site Contents) to the left of the long one, the shorter one will be displayed, but if you position the shorter one to the right of the long one, it will be hidden and I could not find a way to make it appear.
It turns out that 118 characters can be added until the link disappears.
The display of the Quick Launch (vertical) navigation is not depending on browser or computer settings.
In Modern sites horizontal navigation however, the display is depending on settings:
When I change the text and app settings (Scaling) to 100 instead of the recommended and used 125, hidden items becomes visible.
When I change to a lower resolution than my current 1920 * 1080, less is displayed and my long title hides behind the ellipses.
When I lower my browser zoom to 75% (Edge) hidden items becomes visible again and when I increase it to 125%, the long title is hidden again.
This will make it fun to support Communication sites. “Look, there is an item in the horizontal navigation but my colleague does not see it”. SharePoint Holmes is rubbing his hands already 🙂
The exact number of characters displayed may also vary when you use a non-default font, of course.
Tips for navigation item titles
With this in mind, I have to mention a few things about the navigation titles you use.
Keep titles short, try to keep below 16 characters if you want to have one line per navigation item (which keeps navigation short and readable).
Make sure that the most important words are in the beginning of your title.
Do not use your company name if your labeling is for internal content only.
If you are storing competitive information, or contracts, or customer information, using company names is essential, but in general, your intranet will only be hosting content for your company.
Do not use your department name if your site is for/from that department only. Do not use “HR request forms”, “HR policies” if your site has HR written all over it. Just use “Request forms” and “Policies”.
Do not write your titles in ALL-CAPS. It makes words harder to read as capitals are more square and uniform. They miss the ascenders and descenders that give extra information about the letter.
Well, this was fun. I may do this for other elements as well!