SharePoint Variations Editor

The Variations Editor is a project I’ve been working on for a few months now. When the process started, I was trying to find a way to fix the problems I was having with my SharePoint Variations site. In digging through all the settings related to Variations, I figured out what it took to fix some common problems that can occur when using SharePoint Variations.

Originally, the program evaluated a site’s variation settings and analyzed what it found against common patterns SharePoint uses in setting up Variations. When it finds a problem, it highlights it and prepares suggestions for fixing it. When I ran it on a sandbox of mine (site restored from backup from a production site that was originally propigated via deployment job) I was amazed to find as many problems as I did. After running the editor, the Variations Propigation job ran successfully – something that never happened before with this site.

This version (officially version 2) has added to it the ability to import and export site/page content to other language nodes. This is valuable, in my opinion, in that out-of-the-box variations cannot push content from any node except the Source Node (label). So now, with the Variations Editor, you have the ability to take a non-source node’s content and push it to another node. So if you have a Spanish site for Spain and need a new site for Mexico, you don’t have to translate the Source node (English in my case) after creating a new heirarchy. You just Export the content in the Spain site to the Mexico site. Done.

To view more information on the Variations Editor, please visit the blog post at:


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