Monthly Archives: January 2011

SharePoint Branding Project in Visual Studio

Here’s a great tutorial that shows you how to set up a branding project that can be activated as a feature.

My Site Branding Project

I found a project on codeplex that allows you to customize the branding of my sites. It’s great because it’s just a wsp that is activated wherever your my site is hosted. It’s a great start for anyone looking to change the look and feel of My Site.

CodePlex SharePoint 2010 Projects

A lot out there –>

Easy Font Replacement that works with SharePoint 2010

Here’s a link to a blog with the “How-to” and a link to the site to create your js files to do the font replacement.

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SharePoint 2010 Branding – The steps involved

This is a huge topic that has many optional paths, but this link is a nice walk through the basic steps involved…

SharePoint 2010 free hosting with no time limit

Update 5/20/2010: This turned out not to be a good “free hosting” plan. You can’t use SP Designer to go against the free site.

I’ve used the 30 day trial in the past, but I didn’t want to pay for a subscription since I was only using my site to create demos for my blog. SharePointHoster has removed the 30 day limit now which is great. Check it out…

When to use an Event Handler vs Workflow

I think the blog below does a great job breaking down the decision criteria to pick the right solution for your requirement. You can see the original blog here.


A SharePoint event handler or event receiver is a piece of code that runs when an event, such as the adding, deleting, or changing of a SharePoint list item or document, takes place.

They react to changes just like a SharePoint workflow can react to those same changes made to an item.

SharePoint event handlers vs. SharePoint workflows

The main differences between SharePoint event handlers and SharePoint workflows are:

SharePoint event handlers are automatically initiated, while SharePoint workflows can be initiated either automatically or manually.

A SharePoint event handler always responds to an event that has taken or is taking place on an item, while a SharePoint workflow does not necessarily have to react to an event that is taking place. While it can react to an item being created or changed, you can also manually start a workflow after an item has been created.

User Interaction
SharePoint event handlers have no user interface, so users cannot interact with event handlers. On the other hand, you can create either ASP.NET or InfoPath forms to provide user interactivity with SharePoint workflows. And you can add even more interactivity by using SharePoint Tasks lists along with the workflow.

SharePoint event handlers run for a short period of time (generally seconds), while SharePoint workflows may run for a much longer time period (days, months, or even years).

Since SharePoint workflows are hydrated and dehydrated, they can “survive” server reboots, while SharePoint event handlers cannot.

When to choose what?

When deciding whether to go with a SharePoint event handler or a SharePoint workflow for a piece of functionality or business logic that you require, consider the 5 points mentioned above.

Go with a SharePoint event handler if the tasks you want to perform are directly related to the user taking a particular action on an item (such as adding, editing, or deleting it), you do not require the user to interact with your code, and whatever the event handler has to do is of a short duration.

Go with a SharePoint workflow if the tasks you want to perform are not directly related to the user taking a particular action on an item, you require interaction between the user and your code, your code may run for a long duration, and should live through server reboots.

SharePoint Tool Bag Review of Xavor SharePoint 2010 Migrator – Standard Version

I recently found a blog of free and pay tools that can be used with SharePoint 2010. As I use some of these, I want to post my feedback.


Xavor SharePoint 2010 Migrator – Standard Version

Product description:

Xavor SharePoint 2010 Migrator Tool helps administrators in migration site collections, sites, lists, folders and files within and across the SharePoint Farm.  This tool supports MOSS 2007 and SharePoint 2010 environments

Xavor SharePoint 2010 Migrator is a one stop solution to migrate data within WSS 3.0/ MOSS and SharePoint 2010. This tool can migrate tons of terra bytes of data for top score companies. XSPM ensures

  1. Complete migration of data with 0% content loss
  2. Complete migration of security and permissions
  3. Navigation URL updates in target MOSS environment
  4. URL updates within web parts
  5. Migration of selected customizations
  6. Proven methodology for migrating terabytes of data for top notch enterprises

 My Use of the Product:

To migrate SharePoint 2010 sites to another SharePoint 2010 server.

Install Review:

It was very easy to install. I had it up and running in a matter of minutes. One note is that you’ll need to install the Xavor Migrator Windows Service (XSPM) Extensions on the source and target system.


  • It’s really easy to use because it uses a typical file explorer view. You just drag over the site you want to migrate and click “Start Migration”.
  • You get a running view of the progress of the migration.
  • Simple SharePoint sites usually transfer without an errors.
  • It provides you with a consolidated view of all the sites that exist on your server.


  • It doesn’t migrate user alerts. Depending on how user alerts are used in your environment, this can be a big issue.
  • Complex security using Permission Levels didn’t migrate. 
  • Doesn’t support Workflow migration. (This is a bigger issue to discuss outside of this tool review. The tool is limited by the functionality that SharePoint offers.)
  •  The default migration settings excludes the migration of Security.   It’s not a big deal, but every time I did a migration I needed to change the setting to include Security.


This a simple to use tool that can handle some basic migrations. I think for a bigger migration you want to look at some of the other offerings out there.

What’s in your SharePoint 2010 tool bag?

Here’s a list detailing a ton of great tools…