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Starter Masterpage for SharePoint 2013

Just a quick note to say that Randy Disgill has released his Starter Masterpages as a Haloween Treat.  You can view his blog post here:  If you want to jump straight to the Codeplex site to grab them then please follow this link.

I will be starting creating my Metro Masterpage for 2013 soon for all those who want it.

SharePoint 2013 Masterpage for SharePoint 2010 – Sandbox Solution



After some additional tweaking the the design and trying to match the functionality of the SharePoint 2013 interface as much as i could, a SharePoint 2013 masterpage is now ready for testing by my blog visitors.  The SharePoint 2013 Masterpage for 2010 has the following features:

  • SharePoint Sandbox Solution – Office 365 Compatible
  • Custom Site Actions Menu Link
  • “Focus on Content” – hide site navigation to allow user to focus on content only
  • Get the SharePoint 2013 interface without having to upgrade :)

As with my previous solutions they are all available via Codeplex and should you have any positive comments please leave them either here or on codeplex.

Thanks and I hope you all enjoy.


Download the WSP from our codeplex site:


Custom Homepage

OOTB 2010 Blank Site

OOTB 2010 Blog Site

OOTB 2010 Team Site

OOTB 2010 Team Site – Navigation Hidden

Custom 2010 Site Actions Menu


SharePoint 2013 Masterpage for SharePoint 2010 – Sneak Peek

Following on from the success and well received Metro Masterpage, I have decided to start building a SharePoint 2010 masterpage copying the SharePoint 2013 design.  This will enable those who want it to make your SharePoint “look” like 2013 even if the rest is the same.  Below is a screenshot of my current progress and if there is enough positive feedback / requests for this masterpage I will try to get it on codeplex as soon as I can.

Let me know your thoughts.


SharePoint 2013 Webinar – Ideas & Suggestions

…an update

Its been well over a month since my last post and after some much needed holiday after a seriously busy period I will be able to get back to updating the Metro Masterpage, releasing a MySite Metro Layout and releasing some new SharePoint 2013 content.  As part of my new content search, I will be creating and setting up some SharePoint 2013 Webinars which will be run through the company I work for (ICS Solutions Ltd).  These Webinars are intended to be more technical than most (although there may be an overview session to start with).  So this is an open call for all visitors to my blog to help come up with some suggestions to what direction they would like to see the Webinars go.  Some ideas that I have on the topics that may be covered are as follow.

  • WCM – SharePoint Web Content Mangement in SharePoint 2013
  • Design Manager / SharePoint 2013 Masterpage customisation – Create great new designs in SharePoint 2013
  • Content Search WebPart Configuration / Customisation
  • Whats new in Visual Studio 2013 for SharePoint 2013 and App Development
  • SharePoint 2013 App Development – Suggestions for an App you would like to see would be great.

These are only some initial ideas that I have on a series of Webinars that will be created over the coming months.  If you like, hate, or have some other great suggestions please let me know.  Once again thank you for all the positive comments I have been receiving regarding the Metro Masterpage which has had over 6000 downloads so far across various versions and thanks to all those who have spotted bugs, as I have tried my best to resolve as many as possible.

Watch this space for some great new content coming soon :)

Enhanced Promoted Links for SharePoint 2010



Its been a while since my last post so I decided that it would be a good idea to provide some new community content.  As you are all well aware, SharePoint 2013 has been shown to the world and one of the features that have come along with the preview was something known as Promoted Links.  In SharePoint 2013 this is a custom list type with a specific view on the list that showed you your links in a nice enhanced manner with some javascript goodness.  I really liked this functionality so I decided to not only create it for SharePoint 2010 usage but i also enhanced the implementation.

SharePoint 2013 Version

Here is a screenshot of what the OOTB SharePoint 2013 version of the Promoted Links looks like.

As you can see its a very clean and nice Metro Windows 8 style interface.

LifeInSharePoint Edition

So what is new in the LifeInSharePoint Edition?

  1. Sandbox Solution (Works with SharePoint Online / SharePoint 2013)
  2. Reordering enabled like the OOTB Links List (Single post deployment step required)
  3. Customise the Background colour of the blocks using the WebPart Settings.
  4. Custom Link Titles using the WebPart Settings.
  5. Integration with Font Awesome.  If you cannot find a suitable image try one of the hundred odd icons from the inbuilt font.



To download this webpart please visit our Codeplex site and if you like it please leave a good review :)


To use the new Promoted Links WebPart first download and upload the solution to your site collection.  After you have activated the feature you are able to create a new list from the LifeInSharePoint – Promoted Links list definition.  Once you have created the list please modify the default view and and enable the radio button “Allow users to order items in this view?”  After this you are then able to add the WebPart onto the Page and configure the webpart to point to your newly created list.


As you can see the new version is as close as I could get to the SharePoint 2013 version with my own LifeInSharePoint enhancements.  Should you have any issues or identify any bugs please let me know via the comments.  Really hope you all like it :)