Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Video mashup intro to SharePoint

Here are some videos to give an introduction to SharePoint

A very basic introduction to using SharePoint 2007, the information is also valid at this level in SharePoint 2010 and 2013.

This is a good high level overview of what SharePoint can give to a business.  If your boss asks you 'what is Sharepoint used for?' this is pretty good.  Not very technical though.

A good use case of for SharePoint 2010 from Get Started with SharePoint.  Get Started with SharePoint is probably the best place to get videos on SharePoint for users and power users.

This site gives a good introduction to making a basic 2007 SharePoint site.  This comes from SharePoint training site which has a lot of good information.  

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Configuring the Web Application in SharePoint 2010, an overview

This blog post will cover how you configure a new Web Application.  This section tells you how to create a Web Application in SharePoint 2010.

Configuring the Web Application

Configuring the Web Application 

General Settings 1. Firstly, the following settings need to be applied in the “General Settings” of the web application.

General setting is pretty self explanatory, with instructions if you have any questions.

Resource Throttling this is a feature that would normally be considered for a full live service to help manage the performance of the service.

Workflow where you can enable workflow for the farm.

Outgoing E-Mail  is configured as a farm-wide service

Mobile Account these settings would normally be used to provision mobile SMS messaging from a SharePoint web site.

SharePoint Designer Settings allow you to turn on or off SharePoint Designer Access.  Unless you really need SharePoint Designer turn these off.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Create a Context Sensitive Navigation Wiki with SharePoint 2010 Foundation Part 1

This blog post will cover the first part of building a context sensitive navigation system with SharePoint 2010 Foundation Wiki.

In a Context sensitive site the links on the side navigation are different for different links on the top navigation.  With out of the box SharePoint Foundation the best way to do this is to make each top navigation tab its own sub-site.  This means that rather than having 1 wiki you have a separate wiki for each tab.  So you need to decide if this will work for you first. 

First Create A New Site Collection to site in a SharePoint Web Application
First Create A New Site Collection to site in a SharePoint Web Application.  The site we will create is a Team Site.  We will make the system administrator the administrator of the site. 
SharePoint 2010 Foundation Team Site OTB
This creates a SharePoint Team.  We are going to change this to a Wiki, so first we selection Site Actions and Show All Site Content. 
Key Step 1: Make a Team Site in to a Wiki Site

SharePoint Show All Site Content
With the All Site Content Page showing we select Create at the top of the table, this will bring up a creation page.

SharePoint Create Page
On the SharePoint Create page we will select Wiki Page Library

New Wiki Page in SharePoint Foundation
This creates a new Wiki with a Home Page at the top of the Wiki.  To make the site in to a Wiki Site click on the Page Tab, and in the Ribbon that shows up click Make Homepage.

This has made the Wiki Home Page the Home page of the site.  Now to add new tabs across the top we are going to create new Sub Sites.  Again click Site Actions and New Site to create a new Sub Site.  Be certain that you are at the top of the Site Collection each time you do this.

Provide Title, Description and URL for the new sub Site.  The Title will show up on the top navigation.  Select Team Site.

Make certain that you Select Display this site on the top link bar of parent site and Use the top link bar from the parent site. 

Now you have created a new Sub Site.  Perform Key Step 1 to convert this in to a Wiki Site.

Continue until you have created all the top navigation elements. 

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Create and Edit a Wiki in SharePoint Foundation

Editing SharePoint Wiki
First start with the Home page of the wiki, or any page in the Wiki where you hope to create a new page. Click the Page tab on the top right hand side of the page.  If you don't have a Page tab you don't have rights to edit the page.
Editing SharePoint Wiki
Clicking page brings up SharePoint's Ribbon.  Click View All Pages in the Ribbon to see a List of All Pages in the Wiki

Editing SharePoint Wiki
This brings up a list of all the Wiki Pages
To Add a new wiki page click the Add New Page link at the bottom of the list.  Provide a title for the Wiki page.  Be careful to not make any typos in the title, as it is will be used as the Wiki page name even if you change the title in the future. Click create.
Editing SharePoint Wiki
This creates a new blank wiki page.  It is critical that if you are going to paste text in to the page you use the Paste, Pates plaintext link in the Ribbon.  If you just use Ctrl -V to paste text you will carry over formatting from the original document, that can make you page look inconsistent, be hard to manage, and maybe not even show up properly on some machines.

Editing SharePoint Wiki
SharePoint Foundation provides the Ribbon to Edit Text.  To save changes to the new Wiki click Save & Close.  To edit a Wiki Page click the Page Tab and first Check Out (to Check Out the Document) and Edit.  Both Check Out and Edit are in the right hand of the Ribbon.  Once you are dune editing a page click Check In on the top Ribbon.  Checking in will ask you to provide a comment for the version, and to fill out all necessary Metatadata

Editing SharePoint Wiki
To add a href link to any web page on the Internet or intranet, you click Insert, highlight the text and click Link.

Editing SharePoint Wiki
With version control turned on for Wikis each check-in creates a new version.  You can view version history by going to the Wiki Library, mousing over a item and right mousing clicking.  From the menu that shows up select Version history.