What is Managed Navigation?
Managed Navigation enables to build navigation (menu bar, side bar) for a publishing site that is derived from SharePoint managed metadata taxonomy.
Managed Navigation allows Terms to be associated with a navigation item.
What are the Advantages?
Following are the advantages of Managed Navigation:
1. Multi-Level Navigation
2. Friendly URLs
3. Centrally Managed
4. Search friendly
Multi-level Navigation helps to build sub-menus in a publishing site.
Friendly URLs will look like below:
Central Management helps us to created/update/delete navigation items in one location, without any need to duplicate the changes. All the sites & sub sites will reflect the changes immediately.
Search friendly works with the search ability & discoverability of the content which is associated with a term. Tagging a page with a term and using Search Web Part improves the search ability.
How a Managed Navigation looks like?
A page after configuration of managed navigation looks like below.
How to perform Managed Navigation?
Following are the steps needed to setup Managed Navigation.
Step 1: Enable Publishing Feature & Configure Managed Metadata Service
From Site Collection Features, ensure Publishing feature is enabled.
Configure Managed Metadata Service & Ensure the services are running correctly.
Step 2: Enable Managed Navigation
Open Site Settings > Managed Navigation link. Choose the Managed Navigation radio option.
From the third section, choose the Create Term Set option. Click OK button to continue.
After doing that you can see that the top menu bar and the side link bar got disappeared.
Step 3: Create Terms
Now we can create Terms to be displayed in the navigation menu & quick launch area. Open Site Settings > Term Store Management. Expand the Site Collection item and choose Create Term.
Create hierarchical terms like below.
Step 4: Test Page
Refresh the home page. You can see the Menu bar with sub-levels inside it.
You can click on the menu items & it will throw invalid page error, as we have not configured navigation urls. You can go back to the Term Store & Set Navigation URLs for each term.
You need to create separate pages or sites to use the URL against Navigation.
In this article we have explored Managed Navigation feature of SharePoint 2013.