Rendering Hyperlinks as Social Media Icons in SharePoint 2013

New in SharePoint 2013, JSLink has greatly simplified the ability to customize the rendering of List Views and Forms.  In this example, you’ll see just how easy it is to customize SharePoint by converting a multiline text field containing URL’s to a contact’s social media sites (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, etc.) to their relevant social media icons.  SharePoint support for this solution includes both cloud (Office365) and on-premise versions. We’ll start with a SharePoint 2013 Contacts list and add a custom multiline field that will hold... Read More →
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Using Developer Tools to help with Branding (Part 2)

Using Developer Tools to help Brand your SharePoint 2010 or 2013 site. In one of my last posts (http://blog.incworx.com/blog/sharepoint-administrators-blog/using-developer-tools-to-help-with-branding-part-1) I started to explain how Internet Explorers (IE) developer tools can help when it comes to trying to brand your SharePoint 2010 or 2013 site. In this second part of that series, I wanted to take a quick look at another useful feature within developer tools.  The feature I am referring to is the Browser Mode setting (pre IE 11) or User agent... Read More →
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All you need to know about site logo size in SharePoint 2013

Site Logo Size in SharePoint 2013 There is not a lot to know about site logo's, but they have changed somewhat in SharePoint 2013 compared to SharePoint 2010.  One of the first changes you may notice is the size.  In SharePoint 2013, they have increased the size of the logo to make it resemble more of the "Metro" look they are going for.  Lets take a moment and look at the specifics: In pixels Width: 180 pixels Height: 64 pixels In inches Width: 2.5 inches Height: .889 inches   SharePoint 2013 will automatically resize your logo to meet these... Read More →
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What is new in SharePoint 2013: Part 2

In my previous blog, new features in SharePoint 2013 were discussed. The previous post just a general overview, while today will go more in-depth. Today's topic of discussion is branding in SharePoint 2013. Branding in SharePoint 2010 was a very hard thing to accomplish. You were either very limited on the out-of-the-box changes or it required a specific SharePoint branding resource. Fortunately, this is not the case in SharePoint 2013. Now in SharePoint 2013, you have a lot more flexibility out-of-the-box and most web developers should be... Read More →
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Sharing is Caring: Formatting a Link to a Shared Drive in SharePoint

Site administrators may wish to add a link to a shared drive on their site. To do so, you can use the following format: file://servername/   Note that it is better to refer the actual server name than the drive because what is the H: to you could be under another name for someone else in the company.   (You could also use the page viewer web part to show network drive data in SharePoint. To do so, add that web part and use the aforementioned path to your network drive.)   IncWorx Consulting is a leading Microsoft Gold Partner focusing... Read More →
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What is new in SharePoint 2013: Part 1

With more and more company's looking to make the jump to SharePoint for the first time or looking to upgrade from an older version, they are most likely looking at setting up SharePoint 2013. As with most products, every iteration builds from the last and adds new functionality. I'll be covering in a multiple part blog the new features in SharePoint 2013. Today I will be going over a general overview of what is new. In future blogs, I will be going over the new features in further detail. New features at a glance: Branding  Business... Read More →
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Programatically manipulate permission on a SharePoint file

You may find the need to programatically manipulate permission on a SharePoint file. This is a common development task and using the SharePoint API makes it pretty simple. Use the C# code below in a Visual Studio project to grant permissions to an item. There are many ways to use this code snippet. You can add this code to an ItemAdding or ItemUpdating event handler. Or you can add it to a custom web part. Some sections of this code (such as site Url, user ID, list ID and item ID) will depend on how you are using the code block.   using (SPSite... Read More →
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SharePoint 2007 Hide and Seek: View All Site Content, Recycle Bin, and Breadcrumbs

If the default SharePoint 2007 layout does not fit your company's branding vision, it is possible to make slight alterations with limited design or coding skills. One way to shake up the appearance of your site is to hide the View All Site Content, Recycle Bin, and breadcrumb links: 1. In the upper right corner of the home page, click Site Actions. Select Edit Page. 2. Click on one of the Add a Web Part boxes. The location doesn’t matter—we are going to hide it. Select the Content Editor Web Part. 3. Click on the Edit drop-down menu next to... Read More →
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The 3 Tips for SharePoint Management

Microsoft SharePoint Server is a versatile productivity booster, but managing and keeping SharePoint available and finely tuned can be challenging and time-consuming. Regardless of the size of your company, or you're focusing on physical or virtual implementation, the following three tips and tricks can help you deploy and manage your SharePoint system. #1: Don't Stumble Into the 'Wrong' Configuration Far too many companies initially implement a SharePoint configuration that is not adapted to their specific business needs. Here’s a quick tip on... Read More →
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How to display a list web part from one site on a different site

How to display a list as a web part on a different site   I had a client that wanted to display a couple lists, on a sub site, to the home page at the root level site.  They were trying to use a Content Query Web Part (CQWP) which could work.  However, they were having issues with how the lists were displayed in this web part.  I remembered a way I had done this in the past that kept everything simple and ootb.  Below are the steps as to how I did this.  It does require the use of SharePoint Designer, but it is very limited.   First you... Read More →
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What's Happening web part displays incorrect values in a Community site for SharePoint 2013

How to fix the What's happening web part to display correct values A client that is using SharePoint 2013 brought up a interesting issue recently.  They are building out Community sites for users to ask questions etc and noticed that if anyone were to delete a reply, the What's Happening web part does not update to reflect the deletion.  As a quick heads up, below is what this web part looks like: The Replies section will increase in value as replies come in fine, but once one is deleted it will not drop down.  This may not be a huge issue once... Read More →
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Recieve Unexpected Error after editing and saving the Home page.

How to fix Unexpected Error when editing and saving your SharePoint 2010 Home page.   Recently, I had a client come to me with a interesting issue.  They would go to their Home page and start editing it.  Up to this point, everything was working as it should.  They were able to add web parts and make any changes to this page.  The issue came into play when they were finished making their changes and would try and Save the page.  When they clicked Save and Close they would get an Unexpected Error message with a Correlation ID and nothing would... Read More →
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How to: Hide Site Contents from Left Navigation, SharePoint Server 2013

Hide Site Contents from the Left Navigation in SharePoint Server 2013 Community sites Now that SharePoint Server 2013 RTM has been released, I am seeing more and more questions from clients about what has changed in 2013, or specific questions about their implementation of 2013 so far.  One recent request was to hide the Site Contents link from the left navigation.  Now, your probably thinking to yourself, that's easy, just click that "Edit Links" button in the left navigation and then click the X to delete that link.  To be honest, you... Read More →
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Basic Concepts Behind Branding for SharePoint and Why it's Nessesary

What is Branding? When I first started in the industry I was brought on as a Jr. SharePoint Designer. At my previous position I was a creative director in a small marketing firm with some web development experience and a lot of design experience. It was an innovative idea at the time to take a designer and turn him into a developer. Traditionally, employers expect their developers to double as designers as well. It was quite embarrassing for me during my interview when I was asked what I knew about branding. I responded with a 5 minute synopsis... Read More →
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BrandIt vs Custom Branding

Why should you choose BrandIt? As time goes by and I work with more and more clients, Branding is a topic that is always being talked about.  Even the smallest of clients have their questions on branding their SharePoint 2010 environment.   As you may or may not know by now, IncWorx Consultiong has created a Branding product called, BrandIt.  This helps make it simple and easy for a company to brand their SharePoint 2010 intranet or public facing site.  Pros for BrandIt: Quick and Easy to Install Quick and Easy to Configure Ability to Change... Read More →
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BrandIt BoldColors includes - Banner, Tab Control, Calendar, and AutoComplete web parts!

When the team of SharePoint experts at IncWorx was designing and developing BrandIt BoldColors we knew we had to go beyond an amazing new look and feel.  We wanted to include a set of web parts that would improve productivity and awareness for all the users of a site. Introducing the BrandIt BoldColor web parts!  This set of web parts is included with every purchase of the BrandIt BoldColor package... IncWorx Banner Web Part Displays information stored in a list as a rotating banner control.  A list named IncWorxBannerList is provisioned... Read More →
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How to Update an Existing SharePoint 2010 Solution: Quickly and Easily

How to update a SharePoint 2010 solution (.wsp) As SharePoint 2010 has been out for some time now, more and more companies are developing custom web parts and other solutions to help meet certain needs SharePoint 2010 users want. So let's say you just got some custom solution (.wsp) and you have it installed, but now either the licensing is up or you need to get a newer version, how do you update? There is one way to do so, and that is through PowerShell. So lets get started to Customize SharePoint and get this solution uninstalled. First,... Read More →
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How to Uninstall a SharePoint 2010 Solution: Quickly and Easily

How to uninstall a SharePoint 2010 solution (.wsp) As SharePoint 2010 has been out for some time now, more and more companies are developing custom web parts and other solutions to help meet certain needs SharePoint 2010 users want. So let's say you just got some custom solution (.wsp) and you have it installed, but now either the lisencing is up or you choose to not use it anymore, how do you uninstall it?  There are a couple ways of doing this, one involves using nothing but PowerShell and the other involves SharePoint 2010 Central... Read More →
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Installing Solutions to SharePoint 2010: Quickly and Easily

How to install a SharePoint 2010 solution (.wsp) As SharePoint 2010 has been out for some time now, more and more companies are developing custom web parts and other solutions to help meet certain needs SharePoint 2010 users want.  So let's say you just got some custom solution (.wsp) and now you have to get this file installed, but how?  There are a couple ways of doing this, one involves using nothing but PowerShell and the other involves PowerShell and Central Administration.  Personally I like the only PowerShell route as why venture to... Read More →
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Auto Complete Web Part for SharePoint 2010

If you have been looking for an auto complete web part for SharePoint 2010 that requires zero coding, the auto complete web part that is part of IncWorx's BrandIt solution might be just the thing!  BrandIt has been in production for 2 months, after 6 months of beta, and the development team is heads down rolling out new web parts to accompany the solution.  This web part  is one that I have been excited about for a while.  As you can see below, the screen shot shows that I have started typing a name and have the letters "M" and "A" in the box... Read More →
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