Categories
Tech

Sharepoint URLs

Often times when modifying applications or building themes for applications, it may be necessary (or at least part of the requirements) to remove objects that contain links to important parts of a page that you would normally use. For example, you may not want login links displayed on a site that is primarily a read-only site, but you’ll still need some way to login to the site.

Because I often need access to certain parts of a sharepoint page which have the links removed, I’m going to start building a short-list of links I commonly need to manually use.

Action URL
Login /_layouts/Authenticate.aspx?Source={sourceURL}
Logout /_layouts/SignOut.aspx
Site Settings /_layouts/settings.aspx
Change Masterpage /_Layouts/ChangeSiteMasterPage.aspx
Masterpage Gallery /_catalogs/masterpage/Forms/AllItems.aspx
View All Site Content /_layouts/viewlsts.aspx
Categories
Tech

Sharepoint Maintenance Mode

I always forget how to get into maintenance mode on Sharepoint pages to close / remove webparts that are (potentially) causing issues. Sometimes you will even get an error message that provides a link to the maintenance mode pages. There is also some convoluted way of getting into maintenance mode, but I can never remember it.

An easy way to get into maintenance mode is to simply add ?contents=1 to the URL. For example, if your URL was http://sharepointsite.com/pages/default.aspx you would go to http://sharepointsite.com/pages/default.aspx?contents=1

Categories
Tech

Sharepoint: Love or Hate

I’ve been working with Sharepoint on and off for the past few years and it’s quite a love hate relationship. It’s empowered me to do a lot of cool projects, but it’s limitations and the way Microsoft has to come up with a special name for every feature drives me nuts. It’s a good product that is a foundation for building other applications on and while the model is different than many other content management systems it’s surprisingly flexible in most cases. There are some weird caveats to that – certain things that simply cannot be customized or simply cannot be configured in the way you would expect, but overall I think it’s been a good platform for developing on.

 

What are your thoughts on Sharepoint? How have you used it to develop other applications or used it’s built-in features?