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Topic: Show and Tell: A Guided Tour of a Successful SharePoint Installation Please join us for the third meeting on Wednesday, December 12th, for a Show and Tell: a guided tour of a successful SharePoint installation (whose installation to be disclosed at the meeting, but it is a place you’ve heard of if you live in Texas!). Registration and More Information Read More →

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Fixing the RSS Feed You may or may not have noticed that the RSS feed for our rollup does not work the way RSS should. The Body and Author fields are missing. This post will address how to fix the RSS feed. All the work in this post is based on the post: How to: Customize RSS for the Content Query Web Part. Prepare a new RSS definition Navigate to the Style Library and open the XSL Style Sheets folder. Read More →

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I hate spam, though I love getting comments on my blog. CKS:EBE has a feature for spam prevention using CAPTCHA which works well, though months ago I read this post and loved the concept that spam prevention could be socially beneficial. According to the reCAPTCHA site: “About 60 million CAPTCHAs are solved by humans around the world every day. In each case, roughly ten seconds of human time are being spent. Read More →

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In the previous post we created a web application to host our blog sites and built a Table of Contents with the TOC web part. We still have work to do to finish our home page. Our home page wireframe calls for a Recent Posts web part. In this post we’ll cover the configuration of the web part and CSS to make it pretty. The summary of the steps are: Read More →

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In the previous post we created a web application to host our blog sites. We created the blog sites and have added a few posts to each to prepare for the creation of our blog host home page. Now our designer has provided the requirements for the home page and we are ready to go. The summary of steps is: Create a new home page layout Configure a TOC web part for the “Who blogs with us” section Create a “Recent Posts” rollup Create a custom CSS for the site Configure the RSS feed for the web part Wireframe for home page Create a new home page layout We will begin by copying the WelcomeTOC page layout. Read More →

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Microsoft has announced the dates for the SharePoint Conference 2008. I know this is old news to many of you but just in case it is being held in Seattle March 3-6, 2008. More information is available through www.mssharepointconference.com . I will be attending along with many of my team mates. If this conference is as good as last years it will be GREAT, though I think it will be BETTER! Read More →

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Topic: Panel Discussion on Migration Date: Wednesday, November 14th, 2007 Please join us for our second meeting on Wednesday, November 14th, as industry executives and subject matter authorities join us to discuss best practices and expertise in migrating to MOSS 2007. Click here to register! A core group Austin companies has established this User Group as a forum for SharePoint pros to share ideas and learning about this hot technology. Read More →

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There are many “patterns” in the SharePoint work that I do. Repeatable processes that change little from client to client. One of my favorite patterns is the “Blog Host”. A site collection that contains many blog sites. Like many of our favorite blog locations, our corporate customers have fairly straight forward requirements for their blog sites. Whether you plan to use the vanilla blog site out of the box or spruce things up a bit with the Community Kit for SharePoint® Enhanced Blog Edition (CKS:EBE), little consideration is given to the home page for the blog site collection. Read More →

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If you have been testing Community Kit SharePoint: Enhanced blog Edition you may have found that, once enabled you cannot edit files in the master page gallery. You get this error: Vince has posted a patch on the CKS site. Worked for me! Read More →

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One of the indispensible tools that use for changing the CSS and “fixing” problems on a SharePoint site is the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar. There a many articles on how to use this tool. I wanted to point out that specifically for SharePoint this is a great tool for determining how and why a style sheet is behaving or misbehaving. Recently I was asked why the keywords and best bets web part stayed 230px wide when dragged into a different web part zone. Read More →

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