SharePoint Updated Feature: Structural navigation caching

New SharePoint Feature

MC207740, Stay Informed, Published date: Mar 25, 2020

We’re continuing to optimize page performance for publishing-enabled SharePoint sites that use structural navigation with a caching model as outlined in MC194438 (October 2019).

  • We’ll gradually begin rolling this out to customers in late March 2020.
  • The rollout will be complete in late April 2020.

How does this affect me?

When this rolls out to your tenant, site owners on your publishing-enabled SharePoint sites will see a new option to control the caching of navigation items. End users will experience faster page performance when structural navigation caching is enabled.

When structural navigation caching is enabled, the navigation items will automatically refresh daily when there are changes. If needed, site owners can manually refresh navigation items within their settings.What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

Structural navigation caching will be on by default. Disabling this new default site setting will have a negative impact on page performance. You might want to update your SharePoint site owner training and documentation.

Should your SharePoint site owners need to refresh the cache or disable caching:

  1. From site Settings, select Site information > View all site settings.
  2. Under the Look and Feel heading, select Navigation.
  3. Scroll to the Structural Navigation: Caching section, and select the appropriate option.
Admin settings

Learn more: Structural navigation and performance