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?
One of the places you visit on regular as a SharePoint developer is Central Administration. From there you can deploy Solutions, create Web Applications and Site Collections and Manage Service Applications. And although most developer spend a fair amount of time in Central Administration it’s quite surprising that the only way to get there is either by memorizing a random port or using the shortcut from the Start menu. But there is a better way.
SharePoint 2010 ships with the SPSecurityTrimmedControl that allows you to conditionally display content to users based on their permissions. On top of that it gives you the ability to display content to anonymous/authenticated users only which unfortunately doesn’t work. And although you might want start off and develop something of your own, it turns out that for all this time there was a solution for this just around the corner.
As you might have heard there is a great SharePoint event coming up. September 28 and 29 Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Connections Autumn are being held in The Hague, The Netherlands. The evening before that, on September 27 there will be a great Dutch Information Worker User Group (DIWUG) event sponsored by Mavention and AvePoint. First of all there will be a presentation by Tony Lanni the VP of Corporate Development and Media at AvePoint and then after the break there will be an Ask the Expert panel with Mirjam van Olst (SharePoint MVP and SharePoint 2007 MCM), Rick Taylor, Spencer Harbar (SharePoint MVP and SharePoint MCM for both 2007 and 2010), Wouter van Vugt (VSTO MVP) and myself. If you have any SharePoint questions this DIWUG event is definitely the place to be. And on top of all that we will be giving away one MSDN Ultimate Subscription with Visual Studio 2010!