Areas provide a navigational structure or map of the portal site and related content. By adding, moving, or deleting areas, you can change the view of the portal site for users. The top level of areas under the Home area form the primary navigation for the portal site. If you move an area to that level, it will appear on the navigation bar. The portal site map enables you to drag areas and listings to change the navigation structure or the content organization of the portal site.
Areas also provide a centralized structure for information browsing. They direct readers to the information they seek through a hierarchy of content. Subject matter experts can use areas to organize and publish information about a particular subject. To create a collaborative environment, you can add lists, discussion boards, document libraries, and other features that enable people to work together. For greater discoverability, you can add items or listings to more than one area.
If you have a large amount of content, dividing it into topics can be a time-consuming task. To simplify the process, Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 provides an automated tool called the Topic Assistant. After you assign a few representative items to each topic, the Topic Assistant compares those sample items to the items that have not been assigned and then automatically selects the best topic matches.
A member of the Administrator site group for the portal site can assign a user to the Content Manager site group. By default, members of the Content Manager site group can approve or reject content requests and manage area settings. In addition, as a site administrator or content manager, you can target areas for viewing by one or more audiences.
Add a list or library to an area
Add a listing
About grouping and ordering content in an area
Change page layout
Target an item to an audience