Hiding associated html elements when SharePoint field is empty

by zebsadiq 29. January 2013 08:30

This server control will help you hide html elements which shouldn’t display in ‘display mode’ if a certain SharePoint field is empty. This must be a common requirement amongst most SharePoint projects so I’m surprised that I haven’t covered this earlier as its not commonly documented elsewhere. More...

Manipulating site navigation when provisioning a site

by zebsadiq 21. November 2012 07:38

Quite often, a client wants a SharePoint site to be completely setup after deployment. Such was the case on a recent project that I worked on.

I had a custom site configuration inside a custom ONET.xml file. Which defined a set of features to be activated in a particular order. One of these features was designed to manipulate the current web’s navigation settings.More...

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C# | SharePoint 2007 | SharePoint Feature

How to replicate a SharePoint web part

by zebsadiq 13. December 2010 19:27

If you need to copy a web part from one place to another, you can use the out of the box import/export functionality that SharePoint provides. A scenario where you have been asked to add a web part with specific configurations, to ten different locations, can present quite a challenge to perform manually. Here I will explain how you can do this in a more efficient manner. More...

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SharePoint 2007

Custom SharePoint search site template

by ZebSadiq 7. December 2010 19:55

On nearly all of the SharePoint implementations I've participated on, there has been a requirement to customise the look and feel of the search results page. This makes sense because it would be odd from the user experience for the SharePoint look and feel to change all a sudden when the user decides to search for a keyword.
Here I will try to explain how to create a custom search site template that uses one custom search results layout for all different types of search results. More...

SharePoint 'Could not load type' error

by ZebSadiq 11. August 2010 22:08

Every now and then, I come across an error that seems to be so simple, yet after trying all the obvious remedies, I'm left the wonder whether the resulting error is unsolvable by some form a memory loss in my head, or something bizarre built into the third party system which I'm trying to wrestle.

Recently I came across such a situation and I spent a bit of time trying to figure it out until a colleague told me something about SharePoint that I didn't know.More...

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C# | SharePoint 2007

How to pop up login dialog box or redirect to login page depending on the authentication mode of the SharePoint site

by ZebSadiq 8. April 2010 01:38

In some cases, one of the requirements of a SharePoint project is to provide two versions of the same SharePoint site. One with 'forms' authentication where the users information is stored in a database and the other with 'windows' authentication where the user is authenticated via the active directory.  Though its easy to deal with each of these scenarios by writing separate pieces of code, it is not going to as quick as using the out of the box functionality provided by SharePoint 2007.More...

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Authentication | SharePoint 2007

SharePoint custom theme + custom master page = no result?

by ZebSadiq 6. April 2010 01:33

I came a across this issue recently when I created a new SharePoint theme. After much trial and error, it turned out that a colleague who had created a new master page, had missed out the SharePoint theme control reference that renders the link to the custom theme css file. However this took a while to work out since there was so many other possible points of failure for the theme not taking effect.

Here I've listed some steps that can be taken to pin point the source of the problem with your custom theme. Before you start, you must understand the consequences of making changes through SharePoint designer. It is an important topic to learn about before touching your SharePoint site through SharePoint designer in any case.More...

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CSS | SharePoint 2007

SharePoint 2007 Themes - Strategy for customising SharePoint look and feel

by ZebSadiq 17. February 2010 08:30

SharePoint themes are probably one of the most overlooked features of SharePoint. Many developers believe that having a custom master page that contain custom html and custom CSS eliminates the need for themes all together. However, I've recently come across scenarios that challenge such an approach to getting the look and feel required for professional looking sites using SharePoint 2007. Here I will try to illustrate my findings on this matter and hopefully help you make better informed decision about that the approach you should take in applying the look and feel required to a SharePoint site.More...

SharePoint 2007 installation in 2010

by ZebSadiq 1. February 2010 00:27

Much of the information regarding SharePoint 2007 installation on the internet has become out of date. Additionally like myself, many people will find themselves with dated installation packages and getting them even to load can be a bit tricky. I came across many issues in an attempt to do a clean install of MOSS 2007 on Server  2008. Many of these issues are generally avoided thanks to network/dev admins keeping virtualised  copies of the base installations (not requiring full installations) and therefore these installation topics are often overlooked. I've tried to manifest as much helpful information as possible rooting from my own (painful) experiences.
Here is a summary of how to install MOSS 2007 on Windows Server 2008.More...

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Server 2008 | SharePoint 2007

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