How Intranet Content Is Organized (6 of 6)


Documents or files are normally stored as items within the Document Library application. Almost all files which have text content (Microsoft Office Documents, PDFs, text files, HTML files) have their content indexed within search.

With the document library application, you can set view and edit permissions by editing the security rights on various folders.

Documents Versus Pages

When you have HTML content, you can choose to store that content in an HTML field in a Document Library, or add to the intranet as a page. A Document Library provides better tools for managing the information. 

Use pages when:

  • the information is relatively unstructured and not moderated
  • content frequently changes but previous revisions do not need to be kept

Use an application when:

  • the accuracy of the information must be maintained
  • previous versions must be referenced
  • the information is structured, and should be organized into fields
  • files will be attached


Pros Cons
  • fast and easy
  • only content is displayed
  • automatic linking between related content
  • HTML content supported
  • granular security permissions supported
  • no version control
  • no folders
  • no automatic archiving
  • no drafts / content approval workflow
  • no file attachments


Applications (Documents Library, etc.)

Pros Cons
  • version control
  • drafts / content approval workflow
  • scheduled publish at a future date
  • archived at a future date
  • capture and display data in multiple fields
  • HTML content and file attachments supported
  • granular security permissions supported
  • must learn how to configure application
  • must create folders before content can be added
  • must configure which fields are visible

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