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Customizing and Personalizing Your Portal

Personalization means providing a user centered experience of the Portal. Keeping user settings and preferences same every time the user logs in.

Showing items relative to your role within the company. Showing “My Customers”, instead of a general customer list. Providing you with information about what the people you know are doing.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 remember who you are and which information you care about and work with. Office SharePoint Server 2007 delivers flexible customization and personalization. It provides a rich set of features to provide easy access to relevant information from various entry points.

There are three main features in MOSS 2007 personalization model.

User Profiles  
User profiles allow you to search and connect with people within your organization based on information published about them. MOSS 2007 provides a new search scope for searching people. Index Server crawls the user profile store to get the user’s information.

In MOSS 2007, you can import user profile information from the Active Directory directory service, other LDAP servers, or from applications registered in Business Data Catalog, or you can enter it manually. You can customize the default user profile by adding properties according to the needs of your organization, or you can map it to Active Directory or to external data such as Territory or Geography.

MOSS 2007 allows you to target content to people according to their membership in a particular audience. It supports targeting to rules-based audiences, distribution lists, and Windows SharePoint Services groups. Except for Windows SharePoint Services groups, these audiences can span one or more portal sites in a deployment.

Using targeting, you can target content in the portal site for viewing by one or more specific audiences. By default, you can display targeted content on the home page and on personalization sites.

My Site  
My Site is a collection of Profile pages, personal sites, and personalization sites created in the Office SharePoint Server 2007 site. The Profile page of the My Site displays your user profile information. Your personal site provides personalized and customized information. Office SharePoint Server 2007 also supports personalization sites. Personalization sites are personalized views of portals such as MyFinanceWeb or MyBenefits. Personalization sites display targeted content to users based on their membership in a particular audience or by slicing data.

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