SharePoint learning

Where to get free SharePoint hosting

What is the first things you think of when SharePoint is mentioned?

Expensive, complex, huge, tricky to use, servers, IT expertise and so on.

Surprisingly that is not necessarily the case. And there is one word you thought you would never hear and that is the word ‘free’.

Yes indeed. Free SharePoint. Or free hosting in the cloud to be precise. Go to and get free SharePoint hosting which is certainly helpful to get you off the ground. I would see that as being useful for small business, for non-profits, for project managers, for education, for contractors or developers and for trainers.     »» Continue reading

How to build your own Slideshare on SharePoint & Office 365

SharePoint slideshareIn many SharePoint sites and document libraries, there are loads of PowerPoint presentations buried away that many people don’t get to see. And you have to click on them to open up. What if you could view them easily on the page just like on Slideshare?

You could create a page with common presentations all viewable side by side. It makes it much easier for users to view such presentations without having to click and open the file. And it’s pretty easy to do it in SharePoint.

Note: this solution is for SharePoint 2013.

Step 1
Upload a PowerPoint to a document library or use an existing file.     »» Continue reading

How to improve SharePoint end user adoption

SharePoint end user adoption

“One of the hardest lessons learned by far too many organizations who have deployed SharePoint over the last decade or more is that an end user adoption strategy is critical to success.”

This is the first line from an interview/article with SharePoint MVP Asif Rehmani from top SharePoint and Yammer man, Christian Buckley.

And that comment says it all about the problems that SharePoint has had over the years. It’s strange given the sheer number of SharePoint installations globally that the product itself struggles with end users.

Put it another way. Many organisations have not realised or realised too late that user adoption is critical to success.     »» Continue reading

Video: SharePoint Information Architecture for End Users

The people from the European SharePoint Conference regularly run webinars on all aspects of SharePoint (surprisingly) and Office 365. They had a training week recently which was great (members only but registration is quick). One of the sessions was about SharePoint information archictecture from Marwan Tarek. Now, there is nothing majorly new here but it was a great summary of how to manage documents in SharePoint by thinking about the metadata and the views. Oh, I love views in SharePoint. They are so useful.

Here’s the video:
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Nice selection of SharePoint & Yammer presentations

Here’s my pick of the presentations from the SharePoint Europe Conference earlier in 2014. Yes the main focus is on Yammer and enterprise social collaboration but there is a good mix. I particularly liked Symon Garfield’s presentation on adoption and company culture and how that impacts on employees using these new tools for work. Jasper Oosterveld’s is another. I see Yammer and SharePoint Online as being such a useful platform for external collaboration and extranets.

But there is a good selection there to get you thinking. You do have to register to download the presentations.

Keynote 3: Make Social Successful
Christian Buckley, MVP, Metalogix and Mark Kashman, Microsoft, USA

So You’ve Got Yammer and SharePoint – What Next?     »» Continue reading

SharePoint. Suck. Don’t

If you do a search on Google for SharePoint and I see it in my own web analytics, sometimes you see ‘SharePoint sucks’ as a common theme.

So this recent webinar from ‘Don’t suck at SharePoint – Avoid common mistakes’
from Benjamin Niaulin @bniaulin. The slides are below and the video and Q&As can be found here.

I particularly liked this response: