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SharePoint 2013 – Cross Site Publishing step by step

1. Create at least two site collections – authoring site collection called ‘Authoring’ where content exists and publishing site collection called ‘publishing’ where content will be published.
2. Turn on Cross Site Collection Publishing(XSP) feature on authoring site collection. [Site Settings -> Site Collection Features -> Click Activate right next to XSP feature]

Activate Cross Site Publishing feature on authoring site collection

3. Go to the list or document library in authoring site collection you want to publish.

A list, shared as catalog

4. Make sure that the list/library contains items and the crawler has indexed them. If not, run full or incremental crawl.

List Settings -> Catalog Settings

5. Go to Catalog Settings under List/Library Settings and share it as Catalog. Here I am granting anonymous access on the content as authoring site collection is meant to be consumed by all publishing site collections I have. Catalog sharing warning dialog will be displayed on clicking ok. Click ok to close the dialog.

Catalog Sharing warning

Catalog Settings

6. Go to publishing site collection. Click on Catalog connections[Site Settings -> Catalog Connections] . All available catalogs will be listed here. Click on ‘connect’ next to the catalog you want to publish.

Catalog Connections

7. Configure the connection details. Select the tagging field, choose navigation settings and fields to be included in the url.

8.Add a web part page in Pages library or any other library and insert a Content Search web part. Configure it to display contents from the shared catalog


Thoughts on “SharePoint 2013 – Cross Site Publishing step by step”

  1. When I go to the Catalog Source Settings. I have an error
    We could not find the navigation term set for this site. Navigation integration and friendly URLs will not be configured.

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Parshva Vora

Parshva Vora is a Technical Architect at Perficient since 2009 and has extensive experience building enterprise solutions, portals and software products using Microsoft technologies.

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