Below on the left are two traditional, out-of-the-box solutions for showing Today’s events in SharePoint. Notice how both take up a lot of extra space repeating today’s date (which we don’t need to see at all in a web part called “Today’s Events”) or showing gray space where there are no events. Soak that in – prime real estate on your home page goes to non-existent events. These also may require overlays and other manual labor processes that need adjusted every time a calendar is added or removed.
But on the right is what you could have. It uses search instead and displays events from all calendars a user has access to in one place. It shows only the necessary information on the home page and links to full details. And with a little CSS included in this post, it can look polished and themed. Imagine all you could do with that saved space on your home page…
I’m excited to be returning to speak at the first-ever SharePoint Saturday (SPS) event at which I spoke. Omaha is such a fun city, and has one of the best zoos around. Be sure to register (it’s free!) and check it out on Saturday, April 7. Here are the two sessions at which I hope I’ll get to meet you:
People jokingly (or not) sometimes tell me the only reason for which they use the intranet is the cafeteria menu. So on a recent draft of a redesigned homepage, I introduced a prominent “Menu” button that would always be linked to the most recent menu uploaded by dining services.
Previously people would click a link which took them to a document library where the current menu lived, and would open it there. 2 clicks.
I had two goals for this project.
Get it down to 1 click.
Never have to manually update the link for the button. Set it, forget it.
Note: this could easily be applied to newsletters, updates, meeting minutes, etc. Anything that is published on a regular basis that could benefit from an always-current hyperlinked button.
Happy new year! My first speaking engagement of the year is coming up January 20th at SPS St. Louis. If you’re nearby, be sure to register (it’s free!) and check it out on Saturday, Jan 20. Here are the three sessions at which you’ll find me:
In one of my projects, we built a directory largely based on this article with content created by Stacy Deere-Strole of Focal Point Solutions. Something we ran into was wanting to include multiple departments in our base search query (not refiners, as that only narrows our results instead of expanding them). We also wished to eliminate multiple results in the JobTitle property within the query text. While this is a simple solution, hopefully it will save you some trial and error in writing your search language.