Design Manager Bug – SharePoint 2013 RTM 11

Ran into an interesting little bug this past week with SharePoint 2013 Design Manager master pages. After having a friend recreate the issue on her VM, I contacted the Microsoft product team and confirmed this is an issue they hope to solve with a future update. Essentially, if you create a master page with the Design Manager, whether a minimal master or one that has been converted from HTML and CSS, the Site Contents > Add an app page will not allow you to add apps or lists to your site. This issue also impact the out of the box Oslo master page. Here is what you should see when you go to the Add an App page: With this bug you end up never seeing the Apps you can add section. Sometimes you will see the “Working on it…” message and other times you will just see the Noteworthy apps. The key to fixing ...

SharePoint 2013 Starter Master Pages – Beta Release 12

So, I’ve been quiet lately, but it hasn’t been for lack of work on SharePoint 2013… I have a Halloween treat for everyone! A new release of my Starter Master Pages for SharePoint 2013. These will work with the RTM release of SharePoint Foundation and Server 2013, but please consider them beta at this point at least until I get some initial feedback from the community. http://startermasterpages.codeplex.com/ Here is a quick FAQ about this release: Why do we need starter master pages now that SharePoint Server 2013 includes the design manager with the ability to create minimal master pages and convert HTML designs into functioning master pages?  Great question, here are a few things that come to mind:  The Design Manager is a feature that is only available with the for pay SharePoint Server license through the publishing feature (also available in SharePoint Online in various capacities). If you have a Foundation server or do ...

Top 6 New Features for Designers in SharePoint 2013 12

As you probably know the SharePoint 2013 Public Preview was released this week and I’m sure all the designers out there want to know what’s new for branding? Well, you will be interested to know that making SharePoint design easier was a key goal for this version of SharePoint. Does that mean that all my professional branding peers are out of work now? Let’s check out what’s new and then revisit that question. Be sure to scan down the page, I save the most interesting for last (sort of like a David Letterman Top 10 list!). 6 – Managed Navigation – SharePoint navigation now has two different options: the old way, now known as Structured Navigation and the new way which is known as Managed Navigation. This new method of navigation uses a Managed Metadata term set to populate the navigation control with items. The new method is more flexible and allows for some interesting ...

SharePoint Saturday Orlando Registrations are Open

  We have opened up registration for the first ever SharePoint Saturday in Orlando, Saturday, June 9th, 2012. The event is free but seats are going quickly… we have given out about half of them already! If you are interested in attending please fill out our Eventbrite form so that we can make sure there is a spot for you!   Here is the registration link:   And here is the event website: http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/orlando/default.aspx   Location: ITT Technical Institute Suite 100 8301 Southpark Cir Orlando, FL 32819 Google Map

SPTechWeb Article: Customizing SharePoint 2010 My Sites Navigation

Just wanted to put up a quick post pointing folks to my latest article about My Sites Navigation that is up at SPTechWeb. I cover the basics of changing the navigation as well as how you can manipulate the HTML and controls that live in the My Sites top bar. Customizing SharePoint 2010 My Sites Navigation

SharePoint Saturday Orlando 2012 – June 9th

I am proud to announce that Michael Hinckley, David Griffiths, John Ross, Dave McNamee and myself will be hosting the first ever Orlando Florida edition of the world famous SPSaturday event on Saturday, June 9th, 2012. If you live near the Central Florida area or are in town early for the big Microsoft TechEd Conference (June 11th to the 14th) come on by and check it out. We are hoping to provide a lot of valuable FREE SharePoint content to compliment the SharePoint sessions that Microsoft will be providing at TechEd. Here is some info from our website to describe the event: Join SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for ‘SharePoint Saturday’ event. SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics. SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is ...

So… I’m a Racker Now! 2

All of us at SharePoint911 are now Rackspace employees! Please allow me to rewind the clock a little… You know things are going to get interesting when the owner of the small business you work for sets up a mandatory “all hands” meeting in the middle of the Christmas to New Year’s vacation time. The employees start to speculate what the news could be, and then we hear the words “The company has been sold”. After we all wake up from our individual panic attacks, we learn that one of our favorite partners, Rackspace is purchasing the company and we all need to be in San Antonio ASAP to discuss what this means. A bit of a shock given that we were all hoping for a calm start to 2012 (after the really busy 2011 we had). We visited their corporate offices, which btw are in an old decommissioned shopping mall. From the outside it ...

How to handle downtime by sending all requests to one HTML page 6

I had a nice little Sunday planned today, but it was interrupted by the SharePoint911 uptime monitors telling me that our web server had pooped itself (technical term… trust me). Shane did some poking around and found that the hard drive had died… we have backups but bringing it back online is going to take a bit (our clients always come first!). We decided to temporarily put up a maintenance page until we can bring the site back completely. I had to do some GoogleBing’ing to find a simple way to funnel all of the web links that point to our various pages and blogs to one page telling people we are working on the problem. Turns out the solution is actually pretty simple. Any ASP.NET 2 app (including SharePoint) can funnel all web traffic to one HTML page just by placing a file named app_offline.htm into the IIS web root. Here is more information ...