SharePoint Templates - Benefits, Types, and Case Scenarios

Let’s face it.

SharePoint isn't the most user-friendly application. Many people get started using Microsoft SharePoint with high hopes and quickly realize that it’s going to take a lot more work than they were prepared for. That’s when the Google searches start: "How to fix SharePoint," "How to customize SharePoint templates," or "SharePoint template free trial." You can trust us when we say that you're not the only person struggling to use SharePoint.

 

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Out-of-the-Box (Turnkey) Customized SharePoint

This is a SharePoint customization option that you pay for monthly. It turns your SharePoint into a fully functional SharePoint intranet like Dock. It utilizes all of the harder-to-access SharePoint features (including the more exciting features that sold you on SharePoint in the first place) and styles your SharePoint more elegantly.

Pros: This is the most cost-effective option. A low monthly rate means that every business can afford to have the most functional, easy-to-use SharePoint intranet option. Because the customization is less involved, this option is the fastest way to start using all of the best features. With Dock, you’ll get to pick and choose which features and portals you need to use and pick out colors and branding to make your SharePoint feel like home.

Cons: While Dock and other turnkey intranets are accessible for 99% of businesses, we recognize that some businesses have some particularly niche requirements for an intranet portal. These businesses may not be able to see the value out of an out-of-the-box intranet portal.

Fully Customized SharePoint Intranet

This is the traditional approach to making SharePoint more accessible. You pay a SharePoint consulting company, like our parent company Global Infonet, to build you a custom SharePoint intranet from the ground up.

Before turnkey solutions and templates were refined, this was the only choice if you wanted to elevate your SharePoint experience. Your consultants will get to know you and your team to understand your needs. Then they’ll start from scratch making you the perfect solution

Pros: In the immortal words of Walt Disney, if you can dream it, you can do it.  Customizations are limited only by your imagination and budget. If you’ve got one of those businesses with the niche processes that were mentioned above, this is the choice for you.

Cons: Getting a completely custom SharePoint intranet tailor-made for your business takes time and money. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your custom SharePoint intranet won’t be either. While the return on investment on a custom SharePoint intranet is high due to efficiency and productivity increases, the starting costs on a project like this are likely to be high.

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The Results

We almost always suggest starting with an out-of-the-box SharePoint solution like Dock. A solution like this gives you the best of both worlds: a completely customized SharePoint featuring a robust array of features that can be deployed much faster and at a lower cost.

Still not sure? Contact the SharePoint experts at Dock 365 and we can help you decide between a template, an out-of-the-box solution, or a custom solution to get your business on the path to efficiency, no matter which you choose.

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