Branding SharePoint: The New Normal

Modern SharePoint is catching on, and sites are looking better than ever right out of the box. With mobile-ready pages and easier editing, customers and partners are starting to ask for it. And as SharePoint 2019 brings the modern experience on premises, the demand is likely to grow even more. Yet even as sites look…


Building SharePoint Site Designs with Themes and Azure Functions

This article is the sequel to Swooping into SharePoint Site Designs, in which I related my experience working behind the scenes on the world’s first SharePoint reality show! This time I’ll explain the code so you can build similar solutions if you so desire. The sample shows how to build a site design and script for a simple…


Swooping into SharePoint Site Designs

A few months ago a group of SharePoint MVPs gathered to film a new kind of reality TV show and remake a company’s Intranet. You may have seen it – SharePoint Swoop! This is a story from behind the scenes,in which I got to make their work reusable with SharePoint Site Designs and Scripts. It was…


Teams and SharePoint: Better Together

Collaboration Silos Traditionally, our collaboration tools have been divided into silos based on the mode of communication. In the Microsoft space, we’ve used Outlook and Exchange for persistent messaging, Skype for Business for real-time communication, and SharePoint to provide a place to share documents and other information. These tools work together to provide for our…


Building Headers and Footers that work on Classic and Modern sites

One of the partners I consult for is migrating a Fortune 500 financial services company to SharePoint Online. The company wants to take advantage of modern team and communications sites, yet where they need features that aren’t available in modern SharePoint, they’ve decided to stick with classic Publishing sites. The challenge is: how to build…


SharePoint – 2014 in Retrospect

Over the holidays I decided to review all of Microsoft’s SharePoint related updates and changes from 2014. I have to say I was really blown away by what I found! Normally, during an “off” year (a year without a major SharePoint release) the action would be limited to partners and customers as Microsoft hunkered down and worked on the…


Draining the Swamp: Common SharePoint Bugs and How to Avoid Them

Every spring in my town, they send out a flyer asking residents to avoid standing water, as it’s a breeding place for mosquitos. Watertown is close to the city and yards are small, so it’s easy to comply. And it works! We can sit on the back patio on summer evenings and not get eaten alive, while friends…


Silverlight 5 Ships – SharePoint and Silverlight Code Updated

As you may have noticed, Microsoft released Silverlight 5 to the web recently and it’s available for download here. I just updated the Silverlight 5 examples in for the book with the released version, and overall it went smoothly, however there are some changes for one of the examples, which I’ll explain in this posting….