SharePoint Configuration vs. Customization

Christian Buckley

Christian is a 7-time Office Servers and Services MVP, internationally-recognized technology evangelist and collaboration expert, and the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Great post, Chris. I agree with your definition of “Configuration” vs. “Customization”. And your comment on “a standard” is also interesting. The whole “is it customization,or configuration?” question can cause the loss of a chance to really create a great user experience.
    What are your thoughts on modifying things such as search results? This is done through xslt. I’ve seen several post on the internet that describe it as customizing. But it is, really, something that can be done out-of-the-box.

  • Mark, that’s where the definitions above don’t really fit — you’re right, modifying the XSLT is the expected/approved/supported method for changing the search results. I’d call it a customization, however, because there is a lot of rooom for “breaking” things once you move into SPD, and should only be performed by someone who knows what they’re doing.

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    I always suggest SharePoint customization when someone asks me to give an advice. Reason being with SharePoint customization we can develop a proper functional website or web app.

  • Many programs require some type of exterior configurations information. SharePoint offers designers many options for saving customized options configurations outside of the program itself