All posts by Heather Solomon

“Just the Essentials” SharePoint Master Pages for SharePoint 2013

Continuing the tradition started with SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010, I have put together and posted several different master page files for use with SharePoint 2013.  Every file is heavily commented and provides a lot of information about what code is necessary for various SharePoint functionality and content.  Due to the continued use of the enhanced user interface elements added to SharePoint 2010 and carried over to SharePoint 2013 along with new additions such as the Suite Bar, there are specific HTML elements, IDs, controls and classes that need to remain in place in the master page.  You can’t take a total slash and burn approach to developing a custom SharePoint 2013 master page.   So in short, read the comments!

Posting 2013 master pages in 2015? Yeah… I know.  This has been on my to do list for a long time and between teaching and kiddos, I just didn’t get to it.  But I will make up for it by posting SharePoint vNext master pages as soon as humanly possible or within a month of product release, whichever comes first. 
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Making seattle.master Responsive

“Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world. Except for a nice M.L.T., a mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky. I love that.”

You know what else would be the greatest thing in the world? A responsive version of SharePoint 2013’s Seattle master page. While an ETA continues to be dodged for this juicy addition for SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online, we can play Miracle Max and do it ourselves.  Yes really.  At the end of the day, it is just CSS.  That we can do.  Continue reading Making seattle.master Responsive

SPTechCon Austin February 2015 Session Review

92% of Branding SharePoint is CSS, So Why Are You Living in a Master Page?

So, seriously?  Why is all the hype about master page this and master page that.  All of your branding should be coming from CSS!  Master pages have their place in the world and are certainly useful.  Just make sure all the pretty is in your CSS file.

Here is a summary of the CSS session at SPTechCon. Continue reading SPTechCon Austin February 2015 Session Review

Don’t Delete OOTB SharePoint Page Layouts

For years I have told students who were creating new page layouts for their SharePoint publishing or Enterprise Wiki (in the case of SP2013) sites that they can optionally delete the default page layouts that come with the site.  I am here to officially rescind that advice! Continue reading Don’t Delete OOTB SharePoint Page Layouts

Customizing the SharePoint Online App Launcher

The waffle, the grid, the thingie in the left corner of your Suite Bar… the SharePoint Online (SPO) app launcher has many descriptions and is one of the latest changes made to SPO.  It gives the user fast access to apps and even allows you to customize what is listed and the order. It is a pretty nifty thing.  But what if you want to brand it? Or take away an option because you don’t want all of your users accessing it? Continue reading Customizing the SharePoint Online App Launcher

To brand or not to brand, that is the SharePoint Online Question

There has been quite the chatter happening on the ole’ interweb lately surrounding the topic of branding and site customization for SharePoint Online (SPO). The overall message people keep hearing is “don’t use custom master pages for SharePoint Online.” Since branding is my schtick, this makes me die a little on the inside each time I hear it. But please hear me when I say this… blanket statements are rarely applicable to everyone involved and should by no means be considered as a rule for life. Yes, you can use custom master pages with SharePoint Online. Yes, it will involve work. But there is no such thing as custom branding without work.  The issue is lack of control, and that is a scary thing to face. So let’s recap what has been happening and then I will chime in with my two cents since that is what blog posts are for anyways. Continue reading To brand or not to brand, that is the SharePoint Online Question

Increase width of SharePoint 2013 drop down navigation

This is a quick but handy little CSS style statement to increase the width of the SharePoint 2013 top navigation bar drop down, which by default is pretty small.  Now I know ideally the navigation item text should be short and sweet, but I also know how folks love their long department names and the like in the navigation.  Continue reading Increase width of SharePoint 2013 drop down navigation

Hide Font Faces from the SharePoint Ribbon using CSS

As a follow up to the post Hide items from SharePoint Ribbon using CSS, here are a few more selectors to hide specific font faces from the font formatting options in the Ribbon.  I received a question from a SPTechCon Boston 2014 attendee about this and I have to say, I don’t blame the guy for not wanting to give his users 14 font face options for their content.  :)  Continue reading Hide Font Faces from the SharePoint Ribbon using CSS