Update 11/15/2013 – As of Nov 2013, some of the information in this article are no longer valid. Microsoft has released many of these new WCM features including Cross-Site Publishing and Content By Search Web Part in SharePoint Online and Office 365. Please visit SharePoint Online Service Description for latest features supported in SharePoint Online. As of now, majority of SharePoint 2013 WCM features available in SharePoint 2013 Enterprise and SharePoint Online. These features are still NOT available in SharePoint 2013 Standard.
I have been researching all the key features of SharePoint 2013 WCM recently. One of my goals was to build integrated environment to demo all the new SP2013 investments of Search, Social, and WCM in SharePoint online environment.
As I was going through all the Ignite videos on TechNet and awesome SPC12 WCM videos & HOLs, some of the major investments in WCM are newer publishing model like Cross-Site Publishing, Catalogs, Topic Pages, Faceted Navigation, Image Renditions, Multiple domains, and Continuous Search web part. These new features are great for Best Buy kind of search driven CMS/e-commerce applications including corporate new center applications.
Since Microsoft is pushing for cloud and SharePoint Online, it was interesting to see SP2013 WCM features are not available in Office 365.
Here is table I have derived based on Microsoft’s comparisons for major WCM/Search related features. Items in red are clear indicators where new WCM features available only in SharePoint 2013 On-Premises, Enterprise CAL.
|Office 365 (Both Enterprise & Standalone Plans)||SP2013Foundation||SP2013 Standard||SP2013 Enterprise|
|SP2010/MOSS 2007 Publishing Page Layout Model||Yes (Available only for Intranet both in SP2010 Online and SP2013 Online)||No||Yes||Yes|
|WCM Cross-Site Publishing||No||No||No||Yes|
|WCM Designer Tools||Yes (New in SP2013 Online)||No||Yes||Yes|
|WCM Facted Navigation||No||No||No||Yes|
|WCM Image Renditions||No||No||No||Yes|
|WCM Mobile and Device Rendering||Yes (New in SP2013 Online)||No||Yes||Yes|
|WCM Multiple Domains (.com, .fr, .mx)||No||No||No||Yes|
|WCM OOB Recommendation Web Parts||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|WCM Topic Pages||No||No||No||Yes|
|Content Search Web Part||No||No||No||Yes|
|Continuous Crawl||Yes (New in SP2013 Online)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Graphical Refiners||Yes (New in SP2013 Online)||No||Yes||Yes|
|Managed Navigation (Term Store Driven)||Yes (New in SP2013 Online)||No||Yes||Yes|
|Variations||Yes (Available only for Intranet both in SP2010 Online and SP2013 Online)||No||Yes||Yes|
|Machine Translation Service||Yes (New in SP2013 Online)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
I had a conversation with Andrew Connell on this topic yesterday on twitter and he has also same opinion.
Basically, we have two different model for WCM implementations in SharePoint 2013. First one is SP2010/MOSS 2007 based classic publishing page layouts model. This is still valid in Office 365 SP2013 Online. It was valid in Office 365 SP2010 Online as well. Unfortunately newer & second model with cross-site publishing is not available in SharePoint Online for both intranet and public facing site. In fact, just like SharePoint 2010 on-premises, majority of the new features are not available in SP2013 standard licenses either.
My opinion on this, either you stick with classic SP2010/MOSS 2007 Publishing Model for SharePoint Online 2013 Intranet or use SP2013 Enterprises Editions in On-Premises for Cross-Site Publishing feature for SP2013 Intranet or public facing sites.