Let’s face it. SharePoint is not 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 that they are prepared for. That’s when the Google searches start: how to fix SharePoint, custom SharePoint, SharePoint templates. If that’s the path you’re following, trust us, you are not alone.
So, that begs the question: how do you de-SharePoint SharePoint. A free SharePoint template? A paid SharePoint customization? A full-fledged custom business application built on SharePoint? As SharePoint experts, we’d like to help you find the right path. Let’s get started.
Out-of-the-Box (Turnkey) Customized SharePoint
This is a SharePoint customization that you pay for monthly that turns your SharePoint into a totally functional SharePoint intranet, like Dock. It utilizes all the harder-to-access SharePoint features (those exciting features that sold you on SharePoint in the first place) and styles your SharePoint more eloquently.
Pros: This is the most cost effective option. Low monthly rates mean that every business can afford to have the most functional, easy SharePoint intranet option. Due to less involved customization, this option is the fastest way to start using all those 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 particularly niche needs in an intranet. These business may not be able to see the value out of an out-of-the-box intranet portal.
Example of a Dock SharePoint template with document management capability
We almost always suggest starting with an out-of-the-box SharePoint solution like Dock. A solution like this give you the best of both worlds: completely customized SharePoint with all the robust features at a lower cost and faster.
Still not sure? Contact the SharePoint experts at Dock and we can help you decide between a template, out-of-the-box or custom solution and get your business on the path to efficiency, no matter which you choose.