Fool-proof consistent content authoring in SharePoint 2010 Rich Text Editor

In my previous article I showed you how you can configure the SharePoint 2010 Rich Text Editor to help you do content authoring in a consistent fashion. We discussed what a Rich Text Editor should and should not allow to support consistent user experience within a website and how it can be done in SharePoint 2010. Although the configuration options of the Rich Text Editor in SharePoint 2010 allow you to achieve some neat results, it isn’t fool proof and this is exactly what we will discuss in this article: how to not only configure the RTE’s UI for consistent content authoring but also how to ensure that the authored content is consistent.

Consistent content authoring in SharePoint 2010 Rich Text Editor

Many content authors struggle with the same challenge: how to guarantee consistent content presentation across the whole website. This challenge is not SharePoint specific. No matter which Content Management System you’re using, the odds are high that sooner or later you will face it. And it’s not really surprising. Consistency is after all a trade-off: how much flexibility and functionality are you willing to give in for the control over the content presentation. Find out what you need to keep the presentation consistent across the whole site and how SharePoint 2010 can help you get this done.

SharePoint redirects revisited: using 301 instead of 302 (without code!)

Nearly a year ago I wrote an article about why you should be using permanent redirects (301) instead of temporary redirects (302) which are SharePoint defaults. Back then I presented a custom HTTP Module as a possible solution. Since then things changed a little: we have SharePoint 2010, which still has the same challenge, and we have IIS7 which allows us to get things done without a single line of code.

SharePoint 2010 ‘Page not found (404)’ page the way it should be

More and more frequently SharePoint is being used as the platform for Internet-facing websites. Not surprisingly the latest version of SharePoint is greatly improved making it event better solution for creating public websites. Although Microsoft did a great job in the Web Content Management area of SharePoint there are still a few shortcomings, one of which are custom ‘Page not found (404)’ pages. Find out how to do things right when moving your website to the SharePoint platform.

Inconvenient Content Query Web Part and provisioning it to the right place

Content Query Web Part is one of the most frequently used Web Parts available out of the box with SharePoint Server 2010. Thanks to its flexibility, great performance and rich configuration possibilities it’s a great solution for aggregating content. Because the presentation layer of the CQWP is based on XSLT, the possibilities are virtually unlimited, but as soon as you start using custom XSLT stylesheets some strange things start to happen.