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Step 9 in optimize SharePoint performance: Manage Page Customizations



Microsoft SharePoint is the fastest growing product in Microsoft history. Its adoption rate has been exponential with millions of documents being stored daily. With its growth critical documents and procedures are now being stored in SharePoint. It is fundamental that SharePoint maintains its healthy status, and application performance is a key component for a successful deployment and adoption of SharePoint.

These steps are there to help you with SharePoint performance to help organizations better understand the different ways and places SharePoint performance can be improved. SharePoint deployments are a combination of applications, services and databases where delivering a scalable, dynamic and efficient portal implementation can be a challenging task for even the most experienced IT professionals. Improvements can be made within or outside of the SharePoint infrastructure.

Step 9 Manage Page Customizations

SharePoint Designer is a useful tool for administrators and power users but it has a side-effect which can be harmful to overall performance: page customizations (or, in legacy parlance, ‘unghosting’). A customized page is one that has been opened in Designer, modified and saved. This has the effect of breaking the coupling between the pages on disk in the SharePoint Root folders and data in the content database. When customization occurs, the entire page content, including the markup and inline code, is stored in the database and must be retrieved each time the page is requested. In most cases, this introduces relatively little additional overhead on a page-by-page basis, but in larger environments with hundreds or even thousands of pages, all that back-and-forth to the database can add up to significant performance degradation.

To prevent this problem, administrators should implement a policy which restricts page customizations to only those situations where it is absolutely necessary. It may be fine, for example, for select contributors to customize user-authored layout pages in the /pages system library, while master and default layout pages are strictly off-limits. Also, it may be necessary to set up a ‘sandbox’ environment where users can create custom web parts which can then be imported into production without having to open controlled pages directly in SharePoint Designer. Site Collection and Farm administrators also have the option of completely disabling the use of Designer or, when necessary, using the “Reset to Site Definition” option to undo changes and revert back to the original content.


One comment on “Step 9 in optimize SharePoint performance: Manage Page Customizations

  1. StellarPhoenixS
    April 30, 2014

    Reblogged this on Stellar Phoenix Solutions.

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