Creating and launching a healthy SharePoint portal

A portal is a Microsoft SharePoint site on your intranet that has a large number of site viewers who consume content on the site. In large organizations there could be several of these; for example, a company portal and an HR portal. Typically portals have relatively few people who create and author the site and its content. Most visitors to the portal only read and consume the content.


This set of guidance will walk you through best practices and recommendations before you launch your portal and how to keep your portal healthy.

Icon What to do Follow this
Deploy Plan the rollout of your portal Launch in waves
Document 3 blue 32 Portal design guidance Review the guidance while designing your sites
Page diagnostics tool Run the Page Diagnostics for SharePoint tool Validate your pages and follow the guidance
Bandwidth blue 32 Optimize your Performance Follow the guidance below and run the Page Diagnostics for SharePoint tool
Global hyperlink blue 32 Use CDN for better performance Implement Public and Private Content Delivery Networks (CDN)
Graph 4 blue 32 Batch REST API calls to SharePoint Combine operations into fewer requests
Analytics usage report blue 32 Improve performance for slow web parts Follow guidance to remediate common issues
Bill blue Review page weight Follow guidance to reduce page weight in your site pages
Task list planning blue 32 Limit the number of requests to a page Limit the number of web parts and calls into SharePoint
Picture photo blue 32 Optimize your images Follow basic image optimization for the web
Files blue 32 Limit and use Iframes carefully Don't use more than 2 Iframes on a page
Graph 3 blue Optimize extensions Follow the guidance to optimize and limit your custom extensions
Task checklist planning blue 32 Modern portal limits Follow the limits for modern portals to further optimize performance
Globe Internet Network optimization Configure your URLs and IP endpoints