SharePoint Designer Overview

SharePoint Designer is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top .NET Development Services. It is most often compared to Microsoft Visual Studio: SharePoint Designer vs Microsoft Visual Studio

What is SharePoint Designer?
SharePoint Designer is the tool of choice for the rapid development of SharePoint applications. Using SharePoint Designer, advanced users and developers alike can rapidly create SharePoint solutions in response to business needs. Advanced users can compose no-code solutions that encompass a variety of common scenarios, from collaborative sites and web publishing to Line-Of-Business data integration, business intelligence solutions, and human workflows, leveraging the building blocks available in SharePoint in an easy to use environment.
SharePoint Designer Buyer's Guide

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SharePoint Designer Customers
Pyrotek Inc., ICA, Deliver Australia, Secretary of Economy of Mexico, Aegon, ABB Switzerland, Ascent Yarns Private Limited, Bakewell Biscuits Pvt Ltd, Hitachi Consulting
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What users are saying about SharePoint Designer pricing:
  • "I've never paid for SharePoint Designer. What I paid for, is the SharePoint license, the cava, and then the client accesses the line fee."

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PB
Senior Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Leaderboard
Enables us to build workflow processes from end-to-end

What is our primary use case?

We were reviewing this tool for one of our clients — we work with both medium and large enterprises. Currently, they are using Documentum but they are interested in migrating to SharePoint, so they asked us to compare the two. I am part of an IT company where we do a lot of solutions and service-based IT. We do things for many customers from the IT side. SharePoint Designer is for the developer or the administrator, it's not for the end product (the business user). We use SharePoint to improve sequencing and workflow design in general, and it can be used to build a workflow process from… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The technical support from Microsoft is very good."
  • "The new SharePoint Designer is very limited."

What other advice do I have?

SharePoint Designer is just a tool. As there are a lot of key factors, I would recommend using SharePoint Designer online for internal collaboration platforms. SharePoint is not only a document management system, but it also handles content management systems, workflow automation, process automation, and more. SharePoint Online is a product that is included in the Microsoft Office 365 package, it is not part of Microsoft Azure. Office 365 and Microsoft 365 is a separate product altogether. People do use SharePoint Designer within the SharePoint 2016 and 2019 on-premise versions, but I see a…
MichaelSoliman
Owner at Alopex ONE UG
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Easy to install and allows direct access to data structures

What is our primary use case?

My primary uses for this solution are attaching workflows and customizing pages. Our deployment is mostly on-premises.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the capability to directly access the SharePoint data structure."
  • "It would be helpful to have the SharePoint Designer capabilities built directly into SharePoint itself, into the management page, so as to create an online version of it directly in SharePoint."

What other advice do I have?

This solution started as Microsoft FrontPage and was renamed at some time. My advice for anybody who is implementing this tool is to make sure that you understand it. This tool can damage a lot if you don't know what you are doing. If you are only editing your own sites then there is not much damage you can do. However, if you have elevated access then you have to be careful. It is similar in this regard to a registry editor, where if you edit keys outside of your own personal scope then it can cause problems. You can do a lot of damage to your machine. The biggest lesson that I learned when…
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TA
Senior Consultant at SPEEDNET LIMTED
Consultant
We can use it as a secondary customization platform but it should be more flexible and upgrading should be simpler

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for SharePoint Designer is for implementation for clients.

Pros and Cons

  • "What I like most about this solution, is that we can use it as a secondary customization platform."
  • "There is zero technical support. I have to use Google to fix the issues myself."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I rate this a five because it could be more flexible.
RI
Consultant at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Consultant
A solution with a straightforward setup that's great for designing workflows but has limited scalability

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is straightforward."
  • "The web services aspect of the solution is very weak."

What other advice do I have?

We're using the SharePoint 2000 version. The solution makes the work of estimating the requirements pretty difficult. Mainly, it is a very useful tool I can use for small to medium requirements. If you're new to the solution, be aware that Sharepoint can be challenging, so you need to be ready to learn the solution in order to fully use it. Sharepoint involves coding; it's not like other solutions that offer zero coding. Organizations considering implementing it should be made aware of this. If you are considering implementing it, I'd take the time to compare it to what you already have and…
Ghislaine-Resplandy
Consultant at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
A stable solution that's easy to set up and has a good user interface

What is our primary use case?

I use it mainly for workflows or for minor changes in SharePoint master pages.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable aspects of the solution are the user-friendly interface and easy workflow."
  • "Further development for SharePoint online would be ideal. However, I'm not sure if it's true that Microsoft will no longer develop SharePoint Designer in the future or not."

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment solution. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
SD
Technical Coordinator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Great features but I would like to be able to create more complicated designs

Pros and Cons

  • "The new version doesn't have the option to view data, but it has other, better features though."
  • "I would like to be able to use SharePoint Designer without having to buy other third party programs."

What other advice do I have?

I will rate this program a five out of ten. The reason for this is that I would like to be able to use SharePoint Designer without having to buy other third party programs. At this stage, I still have to use other designing webpages because SharePoint Designer doesn't offer all the features I need. You can create beautiful pages, add the list and add a document library, but the solution doesn't offer any complicated designing features. One can only do a few simple designs. Everything has to be coded through either Visual Studio or some other solution. So I hope to see an improvement in the new…
RA
Corporate Website Manager, Manager of Technical Documentation at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
A solution with great workflow and good stability but it needs more web-based publishing

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as our internet and extranet platform and for our software.

Pros and Cons

  • "The workflow is the solution's most valuable feature."
  • "The solution requires more web-based publishing. It would benefit from adding in more collaboration features as well."

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. A lot of planning is necessary before deciding on a final solution or a final architecture. Planning is very important prior to implementation. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.
Manish_Kumar
Solution Architect at Al
Real User
Top 20
Offers data mining, exploring and editing content features but is somewhat outdated

Pros and Cons

  • "We used SharePoint Designer 2013 widely for data mining, exploring the content, and editing. Those are the main features that you would need to use SharePoint Designer for."
  • "SharePoint Designer is not releasing a new version. Version 2013 was the latest version. Now in 2019, we are still using the biggest version. It doesn't work properly anymore. Sometimes we experience issues, but there is no new version."

What other advice do I have?

I've been working with SharePoint version 2013. I would rate it as 7.5 out of ten.
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