Customizing SharePoint 2013 Search Center

In SharePoint 2010, FAST search existed alongside with SharePoint Search. In SharePoint 2013, both have been integrated and you now have a single interface of SharePoint Search.

In this post, we’ll go over some SharePoint 2013 Search concepts such as crawled properties, managed properties. Then, we’ll see how you can customize the search center with Custom result page and navigation, Result Source, Display template, Result type, Query Rules and Refiners.

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Workflows in SharePoint 2013 using Visual Studio

The SharePoint 2013 workflow architecture has introduced a workflow manager farm. Workflow manager communicates with SharePoint 2013 using the REST API. Workflow manager requires the user profile application to be already created and configured.

Read on to understand workflows in SharePoint 2013. We’ll go over an example of creating a workflow for a contacts list which creates a task to categorize the contact as Developer, Team Lead or Manager instead of the out of box Approve, Reject options in the task form.
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Using JavaScript or JQuery and JSOM in SharePoint

In this article we’ll see how to plug in some JavaScript and use the JavaScript object model or JSOM to interact with SharePoint. The advantage with JSOM is that it allows you to batch the requests to the server.

It would also be easier to make REST API calls from JavaScript. And, it would be easier to work with the return data like json from these REST calls using JavaScript as well.
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