Overall Satisfaction with SharePoint Designer
Currently, I am using SharePoint Designer to manage apps, edit HTML pages and manage files. I thought I would use it more to edit forms but I prefer InfoPath. I find it more useful to edit. When I want to get a clear picture of the hierarchy in SharePoint, I use SharePoint Designer. I find it difficult at times to navigate the breadcrumbs to get to what I want. It does not seem to be too forgiving when you want to navigate from one subsite to another.
- Allows me to go directly to the file structure I want to examine.
- Allows me to move files from one area within a site to another.
- Good for editing the HTML code within a page.
- Navigation between sub-sites and beyond the entry point is not seamless. I find it difficult to get to the root of a directory structure if I have not started there.
- Would love to be able to do WYSIWYG in some form. I have only used it for a year but I have not found anything fancy to do.
- I would like to be able to work in a development site and easily move to the production site.
- For my needs, I have not found SharePoint Designer useful for my day to day maintenance of SharePoint. It is useful for viewing all the objects that make up the SharePoint site.
- It is not as intuitive in regard to setting up Workflows. I have yet to use it to set up workflows in SharePoint. Maybe if I needed more complex workflows, it would be beneficial.
- I like to use SharePoint Designer for moving around files within SharePoint sites.
I prefer InfoPath for designing forms for use in SharePoint over SharePoint Designer. I have not used SharePoint Designer for designing pages in SharePoint. I have found it easier to work directly in SharePoint. Granted I have only had the product for a little over a year.
SharePoint Designer is good if you want to do a custom page design—editing the master page in SharePoint. I have never done this. I like to use SharePoint Designer for moving pages around within a site. It is not as easy if you want to move pages between sites. If I am looking to edit HTML or apps, I am able to track down code through the SharePoint Designer interface. It is useful for locating all the files that make up pages. It is not my go-to for design because I would rather use an interface where it is WYSIWYG and not bounce from one screen to a browser to view the results of changes made.