User’s Guide to the SharePoint 2013 Product Catalog, Part 3: How to Use a List as a Catalog and Start a Full Crawl in Central Administration

The Product
Catalog
for SharePoint 2013 is a helpful template that allows you to create
a site where data can easily be published, using Search, to other sites.  The Product Catalog can be applied to both
intranet as well as extranet sites and is easily managed through admin pages.

In our new four-part series, we
introduce you to the Product Catalog
for SharePoint 2013 and show you how to set up and utilize some of its key
features.  Here in part three, we'll walk
you through the steps needed to use a list as a
catalog to make content in the list available to other sites and site
collections through search.

Using a List as a Catalog:

1. On the Page tab
in the Ribbon, select Library Settings:


2. From General Settings, click on Catalog Settings:

3. From General
Settings
, click on Advanced settings
page
:


4. On the Advanced
settings page
, select Reindex List:


5. A pop-up menu will appear. Select Reindex List and click OK:

6. Return to your Catalog
Settings
screen. Under Catalog
Sharing
, check the box next to Enable this library as a
catalog
:


7. By default, Anonymous
Access
is disabled, so you will need to
enable this feature.  Click Enable
anonymous
access to accomplish
this:

8. Return to your Catalog
Settings
screen. Under Catalog Item
URL Fields,
add Title to the Selected Fields box:


9. Next, you will need to designate a column that
categorizes items for navigation.  For
this example,  I have chosen to itemize
items by Item Category:


10.
Click OK to save your configuration
settings.

To
summarize the above, here is a snapshot of our Catalog Settings:


Starting a Full Crawl:

1. Go to Central
Administration
.  Under Application Management, select Manage service applications:

2. On the Manage
Service application
s page, select Search
Service Application
:


3. Under Crawling,
select Content Source:


4. From the Manage
Content Sources
page, and from the menu Local
SharePoint Sites,
select Start Full
Crawl
:

Check out the rest of the series:

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