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In SharePoint 2010 Essential Training, author Simon Allardice demonstrates the full feature set in SharePoint 2010 and the necessary skills to be a SharePoint site administrator. The course shows how to use SharePoint, create sites and site collections, and plan and design sites and portals. It also covers Office integration, security and permissions, and advanced features such as document management and business intelligence.
There is one key thought to keep in mind as we go forward. That using SharePoint is a very different experience depending on your role. And there are three key roles. Three ways that most people will interact with SharePoint and I'm not talking here about things like systems administration. the people who install and maintain SharePoint. I am talking about what you do when you actually have SharePoint. You can interact with it as a reader. You can just read, read content that other people have created. Then there is the idea of being a contributor. Yes, you can read but you can change things, you can take part.
Now this is the most common role in SharePoint. After all it's all about collaboration. But then there's the idea of full control. Being an owner not a contributor. Yes, you can read and you can change things, but you can also decide what exists. In SharePoint, this might mean that you create sites, you enable features, you work with the organization of what exists in your SharePoint farm. You're building solutions that use this platform and you often help other people, contributors, get what they need.
Now if I were just talking about how to get started with SharePoint, I'd be focusing on the contributor role, the most common role. But in this course, we're going to behave as if we have the owner role, having full control, and that means you get all the rest of the stuff too. Now you won't always be an owner, and being an owner doesn't mean you have full control over everything. You might just own one part, but the owner role is a good role to assume, because it brings the right attitude to SharePoint of an active role, not just a passive interaction, because SharePoint shouldn't be viewed as a solution that you just use, but a platform that you build your solutions on.
And when you're an owner you need to be aware of what the contributors might be doing with what you're going to create. So there may be features that you're not that interested in, but when you think about it, you realize other people will be. So keep that in mind going forward, and we'll see how to interact with SharePoint in all of these roles.
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