Apr 20 2013
I’ve spent the past several years as a business systems analyst on multiple SharePoint projects for clients across numerous industries. A wide range of functionality is made available to users simply by installing SharePoint. Understanding what the platform can deliver right out of the box will really help an analyst during enterprise analysis, solution assessment and validation, elicitation, and requirements analysis activities. However, gaining that subject matter knowledge can be real a challenge.
Aug 30 2012
Anyone who has ever set up a search page on a SharePoint 2010 site collection knows that URL (query string) parameters drive much of the search functionality. The ‘s’ parameter provides the ‘scope’ that will be used, in conjunction with the user query (‘k’ parameter), to the search core results web part(s) on the page. The ‘s’ parameter is passed to a search page when the ‘scope dropdown’ is enabled on a site collection, and a user performs a search using the shared search box that is found at the top of most sites. When the user is on a search page, the ‘s’ parameter is typically not passed in the URL when the search box web part is manually added and used on a search page.
Jul 19 2012
I am a huge believer that before beginning any work on new functionality, an organization that has invested in SharePoint 2010 should always ask the question, “Does SharePoint give me a way to do this out of the box?”. Recently, a client requested to have the items in a site’s “Pages Library” displayed on the default page of the site in a list format. If you have ever used SharePoint, you know that every list or library created on a site has a corresponding list view web part that can be added to any web part page, and it will list all the items in the respective list or library by default. With that in mind, this seemed like an incredibly straightforward configuration effort that would only necessitate creating a custom view for the web part that adhered to the client’s requirements for the listing. However, while creating the custom view I unexpectedly encountered a little snag.
Mar 16 2010
Today I am going to give a high level overview of branding SharePoint 2007. First, I will give a short description of each of the core elements of a SharePoint brand, and then I will briefly outline how to create a consistent brand across a SharePoint website.
Custom branding SharePoint is an undertaking that will require significant time and resources to plan, design, develop, and implement. For our purposes, a basic/core SharePoint brand is composed of Master Pages, Layout Pages, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Item Styles, Themes, and Features. Several factors including the website’s scope, best practices, amount of customization required, and maintainability should be considered when planning how best to design and implement a SharePoint brand. Below is a brief explanation of each part of a SharePoint brand:
- The Master Page is a container