Come see me present at Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference 2011 in Anaheim 4

If you are planning to attend the SharePoint Conference in Anaheim, Oct 3rd-6th 2011, come on out to one of my sessions and say hello. I was fortunate enough to be selected to co-present a couple different sessions with John Ross this year. SharePoint911 will also have a booth at the show and a good portion of the team is likely to be hanging around there at any given time AND we should have our brand new (top secret) squishy farm animal to give away. Here are the sessions I will be co-presenting. I think the session date and times are still somewhat tentative so be sure to check the schedule at the conference: Creating Beautiful and Engaging Web Sites with SharePoint 2010 Monday, October 3rd – 11:00 am Randy Drisgill & John Ross Level: 200 mySPC Link The process of building, branding and delivering a beautiful web site is more than just skin deep. ...

Pre-Announcement – IT Camp #3 – Orlando, FL (Saturday Jan 21, 2012)

I know there is going to be a SharePoint Saturday in Austin Texas around this same time, which should be a blast. But for those that don’t want to travel to Texas, we are going to have an entire SharePoint track at Microsoft’s IT Camp #3 in Orlando, Florida on January 21, 2012. For those that don’t know what the IT Camp is, here is a description as well as a link to the previous camp in Tampa: Join system administrators IT professionals and database professionals in addition to managers at all levels in Florida that work with Microsoft technologies for a “IT Camp Saturday” event on January 21st 2012. IT Camps are a free, one day learning event for anyone seeking professional development. This event serves IT professionals and students with a focus on IT Pro related technologies. IT Camps offer a conference style learning environment free of charge.   What:   IT Camp ...

CSS Chart for SharePoint 2010

Personally I prefer to use the IE Developer Toolbar and Firefox for manipulating CSS in SharePoint 2010 but I know from the 100’s of people that have asked me that CSS charts are something people really want. Heather Solomon had the first CSS chart back in the SharePoint 2007 days and recently she has posted a preview of a new chart for 2010 and it looks like it should be a nice resource for everyone: SharePoint 2010 CSS Reference Chart

SharePoint 2010 Mobile Devices and Scrolling

This was a posted a little while back, but I’m guessing some of you haven’t seen it yet. Over at the SPTechWeb site I wrote an quick article where I reviewed three of the more popular ways (they weren’t pioneered by me btw) of handling scrolling in SharePoint 2010 specifically as it relates to mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Android. The post was inspired by all the SPTechCon attendees that asked about mobile devices as well as my co-worker Todd Klindt for wanting to push the boundaries of SharePoint 2010 blogging for a public facing site. SPTechWeb – SharePoint 2010: Mobile Devices and Scrolling

My SharePoint 2010 Branding Book has been Published! 5

Things have been a little crazy over the past month, but now that the holidays are upon us I have a spare second to actually toot my own horn a little (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Everyone probably already knows this, but I figured I should still do a blog post to announce that at the end of last month my SharePoint 2010 branding book was officially published: Professional SharePoint 2010 Branding and User Interface Design – Published by Wrox This was my big project for 2010. Myself, John Ross, Jacob Sanford, Paul Stubbs, and Larry Riemann worked on creating a book for both beginners and professionals that want to learn about making SharePoint look as great as it performs. Here is the Table of Contents for the book: Foreword. Introduction. PART I: INTRODUCTION TO SHAREPOINT BRANDING. Chapter 1: What Is SharePoint Branding? Chapter 2: What’s New in SharePoint 2010. PART II: BRANDING ...

My Real World Branding with SharePoint 2010 MSDN Article has been Released 2

Last month, an article I worked on for MSDN with Andrew Connell was published. It is a refresh of a SharePoint 2007 article we wrote that includes a sample master page for the fictitious Adventure Works Travel company. I’m pretty excited that we had the opportunity to write this article. I think it is a great introduction to the topic of planning, creating, and properly packaging and deploying a heavily stylized public facing SharePoint 2010 site. You can read the MSDN article now at

Starter Master Pages Update – October 8th 2010 4

Another quick post to let everyone know that I have updated the starter master pages that are up on CodePlex. There are a couple fairly important fixes in them so if you are already using the old version you may want to think about updating your code to reflect the changes. I’ve tried to highlight all the changes by posting my WinMerge change report. Some of the changes are very minor (like spacing and comments) and some are more important like the navigation changes and a fix that is included for the View dropdown in the ribbon. Also, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone that came up to me at SPTechCon in Boston to let me know you are like the starter master pages, good to know that people are finding them useful. UPDATE: All of my starter master pages can now be found here:

Converting a Custom SharePoint 2010 Master Page into a Search Center Master Page 34

This is a topic that I’ve been asked probably a hundred times since the SharePoint 2010 bits were released. Before I get into how I solve it, I’ll provide a little back story. To quote from my upcoming book, Professional SharePoint 2010 Branding & UI Design: There are three site templates to choose from when creating search sites in SharePoint 2010: Enterprise Search Center, Basic Search Center, and FAST Search Center. Unlike most other sites in SharePoint 2010, these sites do not have v4.master or even nightandday.master applied to them; instead, they have minimal.master applied to them. If you have a custom master page that is based on v4.master, nightandday.master, or even one of the typical starter master pages and apply it to one of these search center sites, you notice that the search center doesn’t work properly. This is because the page layouts and pages that are created by default for these search center ...

SP2010 Branding Tip #13 – Hiding the Recently Modified on Team Sites 7

I was asked today about hiding the Recently Modified menu from SharePoint 2010 Team sites. If you aren’t familiar with the menu, here is a screenshot of it: I did some poking around and it seems that the wiki pages add to the PlaceHolderLeftActions of the master page. While you could remove the placeholder, I’m sure it is used for other things. The safer thing to do would be to hide the Recently Modified section like this:    <style type="text/css">         .s4-recentchanges { display: none; }         </style> You can either add that to the master page or custom CSS for your SharePoint site or you could add it to an individual page as discussed here:

HTML5 and SharePoint 2010 (and the IE9 Beta) 4

With the release of the IE9 Beta yesterday ( I’ve already started getting questions about whether HTML5 / CSS3 can be used with SharePoint. There is technically nothing that would stand in the way of using either with SharePoint (note, the page won’t validate as proper HTML5 code… but that should be obvious). That being said, I thought it would be interesting to take some SharePoint 2010 master pages and change the DOCTYPE to HTML5 and see how they look in the IE9 Beta. So I changed out the typical DOCTYPE with:    <!DOCTYPE HTML> Also note, by default, most SharePoint 2010 master pages have the following meta tag in them: <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=8" /> This locks the page to displaying in IE8 rendering even in IE9, so I had to change this to IE=9 as well. With the DOCTYPE set and the meta tag changed, the master pages renders as an HTML5 page. Here ...