Putting Together an ECM Project Team Part 3

Part 3 – The Project Team

In previous blogs on this same subject, we have discussed the role of Executive Management in the overall Project Team effort.  And what elements from the  internal organization would likely comprise an effective team.   In summary, vibrant and effective executive leadership is likely to be critical in solidifying the vision for the project.  The target of effort to achieve project acceptance and enthusiasm is cascading in that the focus of executive leadership is middle management.  The components of a project team may be different for each organization or type of organization – whatever best suites the particular organizational structure, and what special considerations there might be in the project (i.e. does it involve web content, collaboration, integration with ERP or SharePoint environments, etc.).

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Microsoft SharePoint 2013 – Interesting Article for SharePoint Administrators

If you want a high level look at Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and some expected updates and how they will affect various roles within your organization you need to check out this article. It is a 4 part series on Microsoft SharePoint 2013. Part 1 is for Administrators: 35,000 Foot View of SharePoint 2013 for Administrators

Brian Alderman’s previous publications include Windows 2000 Professional and SQL Server 2000 Administration. He is an active speaker at SharePoint Industry conferences including SharePoint Saturday’s and the SharePoint Best Practices Conference.

Al Senzamici, PMP
Program Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

Sharepoint 2010 – Why is Text Layout Always Disabled?

Sharepoint 2010 uses the feature rich ribbon, similar to what was introduced in the Microsoft Office 2007 suite.  This ribbon provides users with many capabilities, such as text editing and content publishing.  Among these features is the ability to change the format of a rich text control, adding headers, footers and columns.

When designing a publishing site, I had hoped to make use of this neat feature to keep Page Layout designs simple and easy to update for content contributors.  However, when designing the publishing site, I noticed that I was unable to make use of this feature of the ribbon, as it was always disabled.

Researching the problem, I was having a hard time finding out why this button was disabled.  I checked security settings and the control properties in my Page Layout aspx file, nothing seemed to solve this dilemna.

It turned out, after asking on a Sharepoint forum, that the Text Layout feature is only available for wiki sites.  The Publishing Portal and Enterprise Wiki are built off of the publishing framework, which replaces the Text Layout button with the Page Layout button.

So custom layouts will have to be design specifically at the Page Layout.  If a layout requires 3 columns of data, then a Page Layout has to be created that allows 3 columns of data.  Lesson learned, I am providing this as a tip for anyone else having a hard time figuring out why they can’t use the Text Layout button in their Publishing site.

 

 

SharePoint 2010 Deprecated Types and Methods

If you are writing code for SharePoint 2010, please refer to the the link below to avoid calling deprecated APIs.

http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/sps2010deprecated/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=3304

Web Content Management System Checklist

Web Content Management (WCM) is the practice of creating, controlling and publishing web content using specialized tools.  The specialized tools are collectively know as a Web Content Management System or WCMS.   Most entities (business, municipalities, hospitals, etc) these days have some form of web presence, which is typically a dedicated website.  Most people think of a website as a collection of static web pages.   This was the case five or six years ago, but today most websites have functional requirements that go well beyond a simple What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) website.   I have worked with several customers who still use technology that is focused on simply creating and publishing web pages.  However, the customer’s needs always go well beyond simply pushing HTML pages onto the web. This post is intended to provide a checklist of features you should keep in mind, before deciding on a WCM solution.

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Hello World Feature in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Let’s go back to basics and see how to create a simple custom feature in WSS.  I assume you already create a WSS site or have access to one.

Creating HelloWorldBasic Project

Navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\TEMPLATE\FEATURES and create a new folder HelloWorldBasic

Creating feature.xml File

Create a feature.xml file with the following info

xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/"
 Id="3C3B6DE6-8FA6-4b8e-9CFD-62EA67057F76"
Title="Hello World Feature"
Description="My custom feature"
Scope="Web"
Hidden="FALSE"
ImageUrl="menuprofile.gif">

<ElementManifest Location="elements.xml"/>
Creating elements.xml File

In the same folder, create a new file and called it elements.xml with following info

xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/">   
<CustomAction
Id="SiteActionsToolbar"
GroupId="SiteActions"
Location="Microsoft.SharePoint.StandardMenu"
Sequence="100"
Title="Hello World"
Description="My custom menu item"
ImageUrl="_layouts/images/menuprofile.gif">
http://imagesourceinc.com"/>
</CustomAction>
</Elements>
Installing HelloWorldBasic Feature

Open the command prompt and execute the commands as shown below

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You should see a successful msg

Activating the Feature in WSS

Open your favorite browser and navigate to your WSS site.  From there hit Site Actions | Site Settings | Site features and hit the Activate button

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You can run your custom feature now by going back to the Site Actions menu

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Hope this helps.

Phong Hoang
Development Manager
ImageSource, Inc.