DIWUG (May 25) – SharePoint 2010 Web Content Management – The Developer Story

Tomorrow (May 25) I will be presenting at the Dutch Information Worker User Group (DIWUG) about developer improvements in SharePoint 2010 Web Content Management. We will be not only looking at what’s new in SharePoint 2010 WCM but I will also share with you some tips on how you can get the most of your WCM solutions on the SharePoint 2010 platform.

Inconvenient Silverlight Object Model vs. anonymous users

SharePoint 2010 ships with Silverlight Object Model that simplifies working with SharePoint data within Silverlight components. Thanks to the new object model you no longer have to create and deploy custom services to retrieve data from SharePoint. Out of the box the Silverlight Object Model encapsulates calling standard SharePoint WCF Services which makes it extremely easy for you as a developer to create Silverlight components that communicate with SharePoint. Although working with the Silverlight Object Model is pretty easy, there is one thing that you have to keep in mind while developing for anonymous users.

Inconvenient good page title with SharePoint Server Web Content Management (revisited)

One of the things that matter when optimizing an Internet-facing website for search engines is the page title. Next to the level one header (H1) and the URL, the page title is one of the most important elements of your page that allows search engine to find your page. A good page title consists of at least the title of the current page and the title of the website. Additionally, if the site is quite large you can add the name of the section. And although it doesn’t sound like rocket science it is quite inconvenient to do it right in SharePoint.

Page Layouts vs. Body id revisited and solved

Right after I posted my last article on using Page Layouts for dynamic body ids and issues that you stumble on, I got one more idea on how you might leverage Page Layouts for setting dynamic body ids and still deliver a great performing solution.