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Step 10 in optimize SharePoint performance: Limit Navigation Depth



SharePoint offers a tremendous array of options for improving performance and efficiency of collaborative portal applications. Understanding the inner workings of the framework and its dependencies upon key infrastructure components, including servers, network connections, services, operating system components and databases, is vital to the success of any optimization strategy. Implementing basic performance enhancements as outlined in this paper can provide tremendous improvements to the operation and performance of SharePoint within the enterprise.

This is final steps of our help to 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 10 Limit Navigation Depth

One of the most significant design elements on any portal site is the global, drop-down, flyout menu at the top of each page. It seems like a handy way to navigate through all the various sites and pages—until it becomes so deep and cluttered that all ability to navigate beyond the first few levels is lost completely. Even worse, fetching all the data to populate the navigation menus can be resource-intensive on sites with deep hierarchies.

SharePoint designers have the ability to customize the depth and level of each navigation menu by modifying the parameters for the various navigation controls within the master page. When using dynamic navigation, SharePoint builds a site hierarchy in the background and caches this information, helping to reduce the amount of data retrieved from the database, and stores it in an XML file. The size of this file, cached or otherwise, can impact the ability of pages to render in a timely manner—the controls must still be populated with all of the nodes in the hierarchy.

Administrators should limit the depth of navigation to a manageable level which is both usable and constrained to a number of sites that does not impact performance. Furthermore, if the Pages library contains a large number of documents and the Pages option is selected in navigation settings, rendering the current navigation elements can also have a negative impact on performance; either excludes Pages from navigation or limit the amount of documents in this system library.


One comment on “Step 10 in optimize SharePoint performance: Limit Navigation Depth

  1. StellarPhoenixS
    April 30, 2014

    Reblogged this on Stellar Phoenix Solutions.

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