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This year I’ll be running the SPS Sthlm as part of organization team, together with my friends & SharePoint nerd friends Jens Weil & David Opdendries, as announced before in my blog. Now it summer and I’ll go on vacation in July so I thought I should write a short status update here since I got a lot of questions from all over about this conference, so I hope you will find all the information you need in this post.

Location & Event venue

No changes here, there will be the same place and date according to previous plans in Word Trade Center, central Stockholm 14th September 2019, same location as previous SharePoint Saturdays in Stockholm.

Sponsors

Of course, we are pleased to see that there are so many companies in this business, that are interested in participating and contributing in SharePoint Saturday, a great success that enables us to run this free event.

A big thanks to:

  • Enfo Sweden
  • Tieto Sweden
  • Sogeti
  • Quest Software
  • Firestart
  • Theobald Software GmbH
  • Avega
  • Avanade
  • AvePoint
  • Bravero
  • Creowo
  • EC Utbildning
  • Humandata
  • Sopra Steria
  • The European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference
  • Accigo
  • CardioLog Analytics
  • KWizCom
  • SysKit Ltd
Speakers

At this moment, the speaker selection is not final, we are working on this and I guess we will have a final list of speaker not later than last of August. There was really a lot of sessions applied, and we could not accept them all (I really wish we could). We have tried to create a optimal mix of topics and speakers we believe will match the expectations from the attendees this year, this will be a broad mix with really good quality over all. We have publish the list of speakers that we have accepted so far here: List of speakers

Attendees

It’s sold out (and that went fast).. But please hurry up and sign up in the waiting list, there will most likely be some slots free later on.

Volunteers

We have a couple of volunteers already, but we need two or three more dedicated people that would like to contribute to the SharePoint community and our local scene in Stockholm. Please contact me at LinkedIn if you are interested to know more about how to apply and what it means.

Where to find more information

In the coming months we will progressively communicate as we plan for this event. Please follow our twitter handle @SPSSthlm visit the SPS event site for Stockholm and read more in our blog site.

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In this post I’ll show you how you can create a page and make it available for others to use as a starting point for their pages. You can create templates from a modern page or a modern news page in a communication site. I believe this function is great for the communication/marketing department, that often have defined standards for things like headers, images etc. for different kind of articles and news.

Modern pages become more and more useful with new features coming out like this one, and well it’s not yet so powerful as page layouts was in the classic publishing site, but it’s a step in the right direction, and sooner or later modern page will bridge that that gap of functionality compared to the old page layout model.

Page templates was originally announced from Microsoft at Ignite last year, together with a lot of other cool stuff. Some features that were then shown on Ignite have been released, and some features will be launched this summer and autumn. You can check Microsoft’s Roadmap to get the latest updates for all announced features here.

In the moment of writing this, Page templates is released for the targeted release mode, so if you don’t see it in your tenant, it just to wait a bit until it shows up.

Let’s create a news page and save this as a template
  • Create a communication site.
  • On the start page, click News and select News post.
  • Select Basic text, one of the featured Templates and click on the button Create post.
  • Create some example layout with rows and columns and add some typical image and adjust settings for the title area’s image etc. until you think this page will be a good starting point next time you’ll create a news page, maybe something like this:

  • Next step is to Post this page, just click at the Post news button. When you do this, this page will be shown in all roll up web parts that will include pages from this page. Maybe you have a News web part onto the start page of you Intranet? No worries, you can just delete this page after you have created a template out of this page.
  • Right after you have Posted this page, the Promote link will appear onto the command bar, click this link.
  • You can now save the page as a template, click at “Save as page template” on the panel to the right that will be shown.
  • Now give your Page template a name, type this in the header area in the web part.
  • Click the save button to save the page.
  • All templates will be stored in a specific folder in the same site from where you have created your template. See site content > Site Pages and in the Templates folder.
  • Next time when you’ll create a News page, you can then from the start page, click at News and select News post. You’ll now see your page template here!
  • If you want to have another icon for your template, you can change that if you edit the properties of the template. This icon doesn’t have to be the same as the actual header image in the template.

More thing you can use page templates to is to if you create a column in the page library, let’s say a choice column called “department” and tag a bunch of page templates like Marketing, IT, sales and so on. Then it could be a way to separate different kind of news articles easy with help of the news web part based on the page property, but I have not tested this yet, just an idea.

Note that you must have permissions enough to be able to create a template, such as site owner. And oh, don’t forget to change the image and the text in this new page you have created before publishing the page.

Limitations

A Page template can only be created per site collection, so if you have several different site collections for your Intranet, there’s no support to share such template across site collections by out of the box. This feature is new, but probably this concept will mature in such a way that we will receive support for provisioning templates similar to what we can already do with site designs.

That’s all for this time, enjoy!

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Next month I’ll be speaking at SEF 2019, the Swedish SharePoint & o365 conference April 1-2 2019.

I hope you can attend this event where you have the opportunity to meet and learn news stuff and tips & tricks from renowned and well-known experts that have
worked with SharePoint & o365 for a long time and are passionate about the product and techniques around this area.

If I remember this correctly, this conference started already in 2003, and is one of the very oldest SharePoint conferences in the world, even though the content in the first years had a clear focus on MS Exchange.

For my part, this conference will be a little extra special this year, as it is the 10th year in which I am speaking at SEF. The first time I spoke at SEF, my session was about how to use jQuery and SilverLight for front end development in SharePoint 2007. This was back in time when .Net & and managed code was the way to build stuff in SharePoint and when we just left the era of classic asp & com+ components. It has happened a lot on the front area in SharePoint since then …

Here are the sessions I’ll be presenting:

Branding in SharePoint 2019: I’ll cover up general principles for branding requirements, what we can do with different tools in which scenarios, everything from custom Themes in Site Designs to SPFx web parts and extensions. I can see that some of my clients are a little confused about the shift from classic to modern regarding customization, branding & design, so in this session I will share my personal view of this matter and refer to the information Microsoft gives us and how the vision looks like in generally. Also, I will show and share all the code, everything from PowerShell scripts to SPFx web parts & Extensions including, JS/TypeScript, CSS & SASS.

News in Office 365: As you probably already know, there is a lot going on in o365, new updates are constantly being rolled out and it is difficult to keep up with and be able to test and understand all the changes continuously. In this session I will show you some interesting OOTB things that have happened in SharePoint Online the past year in a compressed way. I will also give some tips on how to prepare your self and your organization for upcoming functionality and how you can keep track of what is planned to be launched in SharePoint Online.

See you!

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