Coding a simple ‘scroll to top’ for SharePoint 2010


I recently had to build a quick “scroll to top” function for our Staff Directory web part to solve a problem of the dynamically loading user profiles displaying out of view when users were scrolled too far down the page. In typical SharePoint fashion, what initially seemed like a 2 minute task turned into a…

Microsoft increases your OneDrive storage by 5,000 percent


The OneDrive Blog is reporting that Microsoft is increasing its OneDrive storage plans. You will now get 15GB free, or 1 TB if you’re an Office 365 subscriber. That’s a massive increase for Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, and Office 365 University users, who previously had only 20 GB of storage. According to Jevon…

Microsoft streamlines SharePoint Online pricing plans


On July 1, 2014, Microsoft will be retiring the following SharePoint Online plans: SharePoint Plan 1 w/ Yammer SharePoint Plan 2 w/ Yammer Office Online w/ SharePoint Plan 1 Office Online w/ SharePoint Plan 2 The corresponding Academic and Government plans will also be retired. The blog post about the changes explains: Both new and…

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SharePoint User Profile Service not working after Windows 8 upgrade


So I upgraded to Windows 8 the other day (which I’m really loving so far) but the upgrade broke SharePoint’s user profile service application. I have SharePoint 2010 installed locally on my Windows-7-now-Windows-8-PC for development purposes. The Problem There were a variety of symptoms that I won’t list in detail here but basically I couldn’t…

List of Companies That Sell SharePoint Web Parts


I recently updated my list of SharePoint web part providers on Quora and thought I’d repost that list here in case you’re looking for some new web parts or add-ons: http://www.amrein.com http://www.avepoint.com http://www.axceler.com http://www.bamboosolutions.com http://www.contentandcode.com http://www.firearrowsoft.com http://www.idera.com http://www.infowisesolutions.com http://www.intranetfactory.com http://www.kaldeera.com http://www.kwizcom.com http://www.layer2.de http://www.lightningtools.com http://www.nintex.com http://www.pentalogic.net http://www.roxority.com http://www.sharepointboost.com http://www.teamimprover.com http://www.virtosoftware.com http://www.vinewave.com Or you can find numerous…

Solved: SharePoint Returning a Blank Page


After installing SharePoint Server 2010 on my fresh copy of Windows 7 I was seeing a completely blank page when hitting the site. Central admin was showing an empty page too. The blank page showed up almost immediately after navigating to the url, so it appeared to not even be trying to load. After much…

SPSecurityTrimmedControl and Full Control Permissions


In doing some recent updates to the Vinewave Staff Directory Web Part, I needed to hide a link called ‘Manage people’, which directed users to SharePoint’s built-in User Information List (the Staff Directory reads from this list). I had to hide this link for users that did not have Full Control permissions on the site,…

How to delete a SharePoint site that is being naughty


For some reason I was unable to delete a site in my SharePoint 2010 environment. This time, I wasn’t really interested in figuring out why, I just wanted the site to go away. Side note: I admit that I didn’t like this site. Let’s call it “SharePoint_DevEnv_01-Oct-2011_000004” for brevity sake. It had done nothing wrong…

Steve Jobs, SharePoint, Quality, and Plywood


With all the Steve Jobs news going around these days (resigning as Apple CEO), one invariably comes across many of his famously enduring quotes. Yes I know this is a SharePoint blog and Steve Jobs probably hates SharePoint, but one cannot deny that his vision and work ethic is amazing, and his ability to facilitate…

Are you content guilty?


With most SharePoint migration projects, content is often copied/pasted from the original system into the new one as-is. Maybe some categorizing, tagging and styling is applied to freshen up the content a little and make it comfortable in its new home. But how often do you help your customers define a sustainable strategy for creating…