For an intranet portal, there is often a need to create a LOT of sub site-collections. For example, there might be a subject-matter decision – such as “HR” and “Projects” and “Marketing” need to be a separate site collection – for backup purposes (separate content DB) – or for security.
With the ‘navigation’ elements – they can often become a little disconnected.
For example – these are the site collections – and the corresponding URLs :
When inside the Projects site collection, for example, you won’t see the navigation pointing back up to the root site collection – and users might get a little stuck :
To resolve this – you can include the ‘parent’ site collection – and this will be injected at the top.
- Within the child site collection, click Site Actions > Site Settings
- Choose ‘Portal Site Connection’ – within the Site Collection Admin grouping
- Enter the portal configuration, with the URL and the NAME :
The navigation will now show the link to the root site collection – or whatever text you need :
Hopefully that helps with users navigating around your new SharePoint 2010 intranet.
** Further topic – how to define a site collection within a separate content database.