How do I, uh, use Sharepoint?
July 15, 2008 11:15 AM Subscribe
How do I make Sharepoint usable? Less ugly? Am I missing something or is this really unintuitive? What is everyone else using?
posted by geoff. to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I really like the idea of Sharepoint, but I'm having a hell of a time trying to implement it. To put it simply: it is just ugly. The interface is confusing, cluttered and the text is small. I really like Basecamp, or at least how it looks from screenshots, but I'm afraid I need something I can run on my own servers.
My biggest points of concern: (1) needs to interface within Active Directory so I can use existing credentials, (2) easy to setup, get going, too much customization and I'm afraid it'll be an albatross on my back and more of a hobby and less of a productivity tool.
Is there something I'm missing? I've read a lot of books about how to install and setup Sharepoint, but I'm not finding books on how to effectively implement it. The interface seems designed so that customization is difficult, which is no surprise. The problem is that I find the default interface confusing, doubly so for those friends of mine who are not technically sophisticated.
Is Sharepoint a not-quite-primetime product where it makes sense to hire a developer to finish up the installation? My needs are fairly basic, just document sharing, maybe even calenders and tasks -- each on a project basis.
I looked at Drupal, as it looked easier to work with, but it seems to lack document sharing and more focused on maintaining extensive web sites.
Another thought: It always seems that Sharepoint comes just, oh so close to doing something cool, but always just fails short. Is it teasing me? I feel as if I'm missing a key piece of the puzzle.