Today we worked on some updates to our installer as we prepare to release the SharePoint 2016 versions of our web parts.
I know installers aren’t the most exciting thing in the world but it’s important to us that the installation experience of our products is a good one.
Here’s a closer look at the new version that will be rolling out with our products soon:
Our installer is based on the wonderful SharePoint Installer project that’s been around since 2007 and that we’ve been using since 2010.
We’ve modified the app to suit our needs over time and over the last 6 years it’s allowed thousands of customers to easily and quickly deploy our web parts onto their on-premise SharePoint environments.
As you may know, the standard way of installing SharePoint farm solutions is via PowerShell — or stsadm back in the day — both command line utilities, which meant a bunch of Googling (who ever remembers all those commands?) and a bunch of typing.
We wanted to make it way easier for SharePoint admins to get our products onto their environments so they could quickly try out our 30-day free trials without spending too much time figuring out deployment. The SharePoint installer allows us to do that.