Content Query Webpart Hacks – Reference the ItemStyle in ContentQueryMain

Let's look at another Content Query Webpart (CBQ) hack, following up on my previous post on a CBQ method to access the webpart title in your XSLT. As before, this next hack will also work in SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2010 (and 2007 for the truly brave souls). One of my pet peeves with the Content Query Webpart has to be that all query results are encapsulated in a similar div with a unique id based on the client id (this changes though too often to target) and a common class, ".cbq-layout-main". More often than not, my projects require styling specific CBQ … [Continue reading]

Way Back Machine – Content Query Webpart Hacks – Reference the Webpart Title in a XSL Style Sheet

Content search in SharePoint Online (and SharePoint 2013) is powerful and all, but sometimes the good-old Content Query Webpart (CBQ) is much easier and quicker to configure, and even customize (sometimes), for certain types of content rollups. Or possibly there are other search restrictions that require a specific project to revert to the trusted CBQ. Yes, Content Search and Display Templates have been getting all of the attention, but I have found a few CBQ hacks that I want to share. Let's not also forget those still stuck in the past (I am looking at you 2007 and 2010 users). A Quick … [Continue reading]

Join Me at European SharePoint Conference 2015

In case you missed it, the European SharePoint Conference 2015 program is now available and I'm excited to announce that I am speaking at Europe's largest SharePoint and Office 365 event in Stockholm Sweden from 9th-12th November 2015. This is my second time speaking at ESPC and I know without a doubt that this is a conference you will not want to miss. The speaker lineup includes some of the best from around the world talking on all things SharePoint and Office 365. This year I will be leading a session on "Practical Strategies for SharePoint and Responsive Web Design." This session will … [Continue reading]

Ignite 2015 Yammer Sessions

All things Yammer were discussed at Microsoft Ignite 2015 in Chicago, not to mention my session on Socializing SharePoint I presented with Naomi Moneypenny. In case you missed this session, it is now available on Channel 9 which you may stream now. If you like what you learn or you think Naomi and I do a great job with the session, please rank the video at Channel 9 as well. Christophe Fiessinger, Enterprise Social Group Product Manager at Microsoft, posted a combined list of all seventeen Yammer sessions on the Office 365 network on Yammer. You may view Christophe's original post if you … [Continue reading]

Ignite 2015 – My Thoughts and Highlights, or What I Don’t Want to Forget Just Yet

The first Microsoft Ignite conference was huge to say the least. The count I last heard was just over 26,000 people converged in Chicago for almost a week to discuss, learn and digest a confluence of Microsoft technologies. There was so much going on … [Continue reading]

Ignite 2015 Announcement – There will be no SharePoint Designer 2016

Does SharePoint 2016 need "Don't Panic" in large friendly letters on its cover? Based on a few recent, panic driven conversation I’ve had with others, it may help. As far as I can tell, a bombshell of an announcement, if it could be called that, was … [Continue reading]

SharePoint 2016 Roadmap Update Announcement

Big news today coming from Microsoft on SharePoint 2016. Seth Patton, Senior Director of Product Management for the SharePoint Team, provided us an update on SharePoint 2016 at the Office Blogs. If you are interested in what Microsoft has released … [Continue reading]

SharePoint Yammer App and Webpart End-of-Life Announced

Last week Microsoft announced it will be deprecating two of its Yammer features for integrating Yammer into SharePoint 2010 and 2013. Microsoft announced they are deprecating the Yammer App on September 15th, 2015, you SharePoint 2013 / SharePoint … [Continue reading]

Join Me At Ignite 2015 – My Session on Yammer and SharePoint Integration

I’m very excited to announce that I have been selected as a speaker at the first ever Microsoft Ignite. Ignite 2015, which is being held from May 4 to May 8 in Chicago, IL, is Microsoft's new joint technology conference, bringing together Microsoft … [Continue reading]

Upcoming Northern California 2015 SharePoint Saturdays


This week is an exciting week for the Northern California SharePoint Community, as both SharePoint Saturday Silicon Valley 2015 and SharePoint Saturday Sacramento 2015 have been officially announced. I am proud to once again be a part of both events … [Continue reading]