Classic Navigation Support to be Discontinued

June 20, 2019 | 2 minute read
Matthew Haavisto
Product Management Director
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PeopleSoft’s Fluid User Interface has been around for several years now.  It was first introduced with PeopleTools 8.54.  Fluid was created not just to support mobile users, but to bring the PeopleSoft user interface up to modern standards and make it more efficient and intuitive.  This has been successful.  Customers that have adopted the Fluid UI have reported great acceptance and benefits from deploying Fluid to their users.  Fluid has become the default mode for the PeopleSoft user interface, and so we are planning to de-support Classic navigation with the release of PeopleTools 8.58.


What Does this Mean?  

Customers will still be able to enable classic navigation if they choose, but PeopleSoft will no longer maintain it.  There will be no bug fixes or updates for Classic navigation features.  At some point, we may decide to remove Classic navigation from PeopleSoft completely.  For this reason, we strongly encourage the customers to move to and rely only on Fluid navigational mechanisms as soon as possible.

The following are features of classic navigation that will no longer be supported:

  • Breadcrumb feature found in portal header
  • Persistent Search Results presented through the breadcrumb feature
  • Any Classic Menu Pagelet typically found on Classic Homepages or Portal Templates
  • Delivered Portal Headers, Portal Templates, and Branding Themes that enable the breadcrumb feature or Menu Pagelet
  • Apps-Based Navigation (aka Smart Navigation – previously deprecated in PeopleTools 8.55)
  • Standard Navigational Pages (DFANs)
  • Custom Navigational Pages (CFANs)
  • Navigation collections published as pagelets on classic homepages
    Note: However, navigation collections published as pagelets and used on classic WorkCenters, remain supported

It’s important to understand that most of these features have Fluid analogs, and customers can use similar concepts in Fluid.  For example, Navigation collections are easy to use and create in Fluid.

Classic Pages Are Not Going Away

Note that this doesn’t mean that Classic and Classic Plus pages are going away.  Some number of Classic pages will remain indefinitely.  However, the navigation used to reach all pages—including Classic pages—will be through Fluid navigation methods like Tiles, Home Pages, Fluid Navigation Collections, Global Search, and the Nav Bar.

What Should You Do?

Fluid is the default user interface, and it is turned on by default. If you are still presenting Classic navigation to your users, plan to make the move to Fluid with your next PeopleTools upgrade.  Take advantage of the wealth of Fluid material available on peoplesoftinfo.com.  There is guidance available not just on Fluid features, but on practices for design and deployment.  You can also learn from customer stories and how they were successful in moving to Fluid. 

Detailed documentation on the features being de-supported will be available with the PeopleTools 8.58 release.  However, you should not wait for 8.58 to plan your move to Fluid.

Matthew Haavisto

Product Management Director

I've worked in the PeopleSoft product for over 20 years.  I'm primarily concerned with User Experience, Portal, Accessibility, and Reporting and Analytics.


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