Search Based Site Directory: Part 2

This is part 2 of a multi part series on how to use Content Types and SharePoint Search to build search solutions. In this series, I am using the case of a Site Directory as the example. If you are looking for the entire series, start with “Stop Using the Property Bag” to understand my point of view. Then read Part 1 to build your content type for this article.

Foundation: Create a Custom List with a Custom Content Type

This is probably the shortest section of the series. It is actually very easy to create a Custom list and associate a content type. It is tricky to find unless you have done it a few times.

  1. Create a new “App” and select Custom List.
  2. Go to List Settings | Advanced and choose Yes to Allow management of content types. Click OK.
  3. In the List Settings notice a new section for Content Types. Choose Add from existing site content types. Select your desired content type from the list available. Click OK.
  4. In List Settings, choose the Item content type and choose Delete to remove it from the list.
  5. Now you should only have your custom content type associated with the list.

Next Up: Build the Solution: Managed Properties, Custom Vertical, Result Sources, Result Types

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