Understanding SharePoint Server 2013 Publishing Sites and That Ever Elusive “Edit Links” Link

Welcome back fellow SharePoint enthusiasts. Today, I will cover a recent anomaly in a SharePoint 2013 Server environment which I discovered and would like to share. I hope to crowd source a bit on the validity or “bugginess” of observed behavior. It seems that we’re not the only lonely souls who have come across this issue, so I don’t believe it’s an isolated incident.

The “Affected” SharePoint Server Publishing Environment

Without further ado, let’s go over the scenario and provide some context. Scenario: We have a multi-server environment running SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise RTM and a single web application using Windows-claims authentication. The root site collection in this web application was provisioned with the Enterprise Wiki site template. No SharePoint Designer editing has been performed on this page. The below screen shot shows how the “Edit Links” link is missing in the left hand navigation (f.k.a. the quick launch). An alert customer brought this to our attention, and, after searching the internet, we found an MSDN thread in which a Mr. Chuck LaForte describes the exact behavior we are experiencing. Thanks, Chuck.

Top level site which was created with the Enterprise Wiki site template is missing the "Edit Links" link

Top level site which was created with the Enterprise Wiki site template is missing the “Edit Links” link

The interesting thing about this is that when you create a sub-site or a different site collection under the “sites” managed path, the “Edit Links” link is available (see figure 2).

What We Expected To See

The “Edit Links” link is basically a quick way to modify the left-hand navigation links without going into site settings > navigation. The following screenshot highlights the link:

A screen shot of a site collection’s home.aspx created with the Enterprise Wiki site template which is not a root site collection (The Edit Links Link is present).

A screen shot of a site collection’s home.aspx created with the Enterprise Wiki site template which is not a root site collection (The Edit Links Link is present).

Feature or Bug?

I don’t want to immediately call this a bug since I haven’t worked with SharePoint 2013 publishing sites very much yet, but it seems like we should have seen this same behavior when creating non-root site collections. Root site navigation and permissions are a special case because sub-sites inherit these features from their parent site, but this inheritance is available in non-root site collections too.

I hope that this quick overview of a SharePoint observation/issue sparks conversation and elicits feedback from those of you who might have more supporting knowledge of this functionality. Give me your comments and feedback!

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7 Responses to Understanding SharePoint Server 2013 Publishing Sites and That Ever Elusive “Edit Links” Link

  1. rob says:

    I thought that publishing sites didn’t get the new menus… Interesting I never tried a publishing sub site. Thanks for posting.

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  3. Vikas Sid says:

    I am facing same issue. have you get any solution? Please let me know if you get any alternate solution.

  4. Wigglewatts says:

    I saw this same behavior on many older sites and had come to the determination that it was simply due to the age of the site template they were created with. It seemed to be consistent with any pre-2010 created sites. The above doesn’t state it so I have to ask, was the site in question created post SharePoint 2007?

  5. Gerhard Lang says:

    This feature only works in SP2013 Team Sites and MySite Host, but not for other templates.
    Source: http://sharepintblog.com/2013/04/26/sharepoint-edit-links-drag-and-drop-navigation-option-missing/

  6. welcomeback till now collection says:

    This info is worth everyone’s attention. Where can I find out more?

  7. Paul says:

    The only way how to enable them in Publishing sites is to give users “Manage Web Site” permissions.

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