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Get the Point blog SharePoint for end users by Matt Evans and Tom Werner. Who is the SharePoint End-User Content Team?. We create end-user help for SharePoint Technologies – WSS, MOSS, and SPD

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who is the sharepoint end user content team
Who is the SharePoint End-User Content Team?

We create end-user help for SharePoint Technologies – WSS, MOSS, and SPD

We publish articles, blogs, videos, and other content to Office

We publish to our team blog… “Get the Point”

We also publish to third party sites, MSN Video, YouTube, etc.

who are sharepoint end users
Who are SharePoint “end users”?

Information Workers, business users

Customers of SharePoint and SharePoint Designer

Users of SharePoint site and SPD interface

Users with permissions ranging from Read to Full Control (Visitors to Owners)

NOT users of Central Admin interface, server admins, database admins, or developers

why a blog
Why a blog?

A way for our team to quickly publish content and provide links to great content on the Web. Faster than Office Online.

A way for our team, the product team, and stakeholders to communicate with the SharePoint end-user community

A method to solicit and collect feedback from the SharePoint community so we can improve future content

basic setup of get the point blog
Basic setup of Get the Point blog

Default SharePoint blog template

Uses “Obsidian” site theme

Lightweight customization of logo, Web Parts and navigation

Hosted on Microsoft SharePoint Community

basic setup cont d permissions
Basic setup cont’d: permissions
  • Visitors have anonymous w/Live ID auth (site collection)
  • Custom groups for team ownership and guest bloggers
    • Guest Bloggers have Contribute permissions
    • Members have Approve permissions (edit and approve pages, list items, and documents)
  • Comments list requires approval to keep spam off site
typical blog activity
Typical blog activity

Average 2-3 posts per week from team members and guest bloggers

Avg. comments: 40-60/mo.

Avg. stats: 30,000-40,000 page views/mo. as reported by Microsoft adCenter

Most popular post? Differences between WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007

how we manage the blog
How we manage the blog
  • Rotate admin of the monthduties
  • Regular Office content planning dashboard and calendar
  • Team wiki to organize info, status, and tasks
  • Recruit guest bloggers internally and externally, SharePoint product team and partners
typical admin tasks
Typical admin tasks


Approve/Delete comments

Notify guest bloggers re: comments on posts

Respond to comments


Manage calendar

Approve guest blog posts

Write/Publish weekly Cool Content post

benefits of blogging on sharepoint
Benefits of blogging on SharePoint

Use our own platform, develop firsthand knowledge

Apply what we already know about SharePoint and experiment

New lessons become blog topics

Can be highly customized like any SharePoint site (Navigation, Themes, Web Parts, etc.)

Blogging is already part of your SharePoint platform

challenges of blogging on sharepoint
Challenges of blogging on SharePoint
  • Most of our challenges with Live ID and SharePoint:
    • GUIDs instead of user names
    • Built-in text editor not ideal for big posts. Word or Live Writer preferred (but not an option with Live ID)
    • Customization challenges with master page (no SPD)
  • Difficulty managing blog comments… can’t respond directly to a previous comment
  • Difficulty embedding media. Came up with ‘erte’ workaround (from CodePlex) to allow <embed> tag

GTP helps us publish more quickly and establish closer relationships with SharePoint community

What would you like to see us cover next?

Our invitation to PSSPUG for guest bloggers and content partners for SharePoint 2007 and beyond


Get the Point blog

Matt EvansSharePoint Technical

Tom WernerSharePoint Technical