Inconvenient Content Query Web Part and server-relative URLs

Content Query Web Part is probably the best solution for creating dynamic content rollups in SharePoint 2010. It’s lightning fast and because it’s using XSLT it allows you to easily change layout without touching your data. And although changing the presentation in Content Query Web Part is a matter of a few mouse clicks, it gets quite inconvenient when you start using custom XSLT files.

4 ways to use short URLs with SharePoint Server 2010

Many customers who use SharePoint Server 2010 for their Internet-facing website, ask for a mechanism that would allow them to use short URLs like http://www.awt.com/edinburgh instead of http://www.awt.com/destinationguides/uk/scotland/edinburgh/. SharePoint 2010 doesn’t have such mechanism out of the box and if you know SharePoint at least a little, you know that there is always more than one way to get something done. So what are the possibilities and which one of them is the best to use?

Inconvenient SPWebConfigModification development with Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools

The new Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools simplify the process of developing SharePoint 2010 Solutions. By encapsulating much of the plumbing of the packaging and deployment process they enable developers to create SharePoint 2010 Solutions easier and faster. Unfortunately in some scenario this simplification comes with a price and working with SPWebConfigModifications is one of such scenarios.

Better SharePoint Server 2010 Audiences with Mavention Audienced Preview

SharePoint Server 2010 ships with Audiences: a mechanism that allows you to target content to specific group of users. Audiences are a great capability: either if it’s from the e-commerce point of view of bringing the right products to the attention of the audience that is the most willing of buying it or if it helps you to unclutter the user interface by presenting just the right information. But how do you manage all that dynamic content?

Inconvenient SharePoint 2010 Incoming Links

Managing links on a website can be really challenging. There can be numerous pages linking to each other, and if new content is being added on regular it’s just the matter of time when things go wrong and broken links start appearing in your content. A good Content Management System (CMS) provides you with a mechanism for tracking both incoming and outgoing links and SharePoint 2010 is no exception here. Using the Incoming Links report it allows you to track links within the Site Collection. However there is one thing you have to keep in mind while working with the SharePoint 2010 Incoming Links report.