Function trumps form when SharePoint stakeholders consider how best to provision technical training content to end users

Branding should be an important consideration for SharePoint functionality wherever possible. A voluminous quantity of usability research has demonstrated the comparatively greater usefulness of technical features branded to appeal to end users. But for end users in need of technical training content to help them successfully complete work in a SharePoint computing environment, it may make more sense to eschew branding in lieu of greater functionality. Our VisualSP™ help system for SharePoint is a case in point. Out-of-the-box, the in-context access system of our product amounts to the tab it creates in a SharePoint 2010, 2013, or Online ribbon. But…
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Working with Web Parts in SharePoint Server 2013

Web parts should be added to SharePoint Server 2013 when functionality is required for pages and even features. In some cases this functionality can be added from out of the box web parts shipped with SharePoint Server 2013. In other cases a custom web part will be required to deliver the capability required. Yaroslav Pentsarskyy, an acknowledged subject matter expert and published author on SharePoint topics, has created a video tutorial, Building Web Parts. This tutorial is intended for an audience of SharePoint administrators and developers. This video will be included in a specialized training set, which we will soon…
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