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    How safe is storing data in the Cloud?

    Posted 11 June 2015 12:00 AM by Vishan Sondhi, SharePoint Consultant @ ClearPeople

    Is it safe storing data in the cloud? I wanted to discuss some advantages of using Office 365, but, more importantly outline what measures Microsoft takes to ensure that ‘our’ data is safe in the cloud. Firstly, it’s important to understand that Microsoft offers various levels of security to its users within Office 365. No one has specific access to data - No third party, literally no one. Each data centre (where data is stored) has a strict control of access as to who can actu...

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    Target Audiences Column appearing as GUID

    Posted 13 May 2015 12:00 AM by Vishan Sondhi, SharePoint Consultant @ ClearPeople

    13/05/2015    So, I have been working on a project for a customer who wanted to Target Audience individual list items in SharePoint... Simple task, right? I allowed the management of content types on my list and added in the ‘Target Audience’ site column which is available to us out of the box.  This bit all works fine. The actual problem arises when you start to audience target the list items. When you audience target list items, the audience appears as a GUID ...

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    Portal Engine or ASPX Template: Choosing the right kind of development models in Kentico

    Posted 9 April 2015 12:00 AM by Mercedes Amoros, Web Developer @ClearPeople

    This blog post aims to describe the advantages and disadvantages of the types of development models available in developing your Kentico websites. The Portal Engine Model With the portal model your templates can be built within the web interface and you can define your templates and document types easily. Advantages: Visual representation of your zones (placeholders) and webparts (controls) You can create a placeholder easily without writing any code To remove/create a webpart you ...

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    Must have Sitecore path configurations

    Posted 2 April 2015 12:00 AM by Alan Yip, Senior Sitecore Consultant @ ClearPeople

    When creating a new website using Sitecore, lots of love and attention goes into designing, architecting, analysing, preparing, configuring and much more. Often, it’s easy to forget that the small things make a big difference in the development of the final product.

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    Better User Experience with Auto Scrolling

    Posted 17 March 2015 12:00 AM by Ian Jackson

    Many websites adopt an auto scroll feature of some sort. This is generally a button or link which allows the user to jump to a different part of the document without having to manually scroll. A ‘back to top’ feature is generally a button or link which is either placed at the bottom of a page or fixed on the page as the user scrolls beyond a certain point. It is a feature which allows the user to return to the top of the document when clicked. This is especially useful on pages cont...

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    Removing obsolete items in Sitecore Package Designer

    Posted 5 March 2015 12:00 AM by Alan Yip, Senior Sitecore Consultant @ ClearPeople

    Sitecore’s Package Designer is a very useful tool for packaging Sitecore items and transferring these between different environments. There is a very useful feature in there where you can store the structure of these items in a definition file as XML. This can then be stored somewhere and later ran against the latest content tree or wherever you decide to generate the content from and a new package is then created. In one of my latest projects, I had to do a migration of content from one...

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    Gleaning insight from your Intranet – A review of SharePoint Analytics tools

    Posted 4 March 2015 12:00 AM by Ben Moles, Senior .Net Developer@ClearPeople

    As SharePoint specialists, ClearPeople helps many clients implement intranets and extranets based on this platform. With the advent of SharePoint Online, we are often asked what analytical tools can be used to improve the current out-of-the-box analytical functionality. This prompted us to conduct independent research on analytics tools available for SharePoint and Office 365. There are two main reasons why companies are interested in analytics tools: To gather usage information that allow...

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    A review of our past year: Building a team to last

    Posted 5 February 2015 12:00 AM by Senior Leadership Team @ ClearPeople

    05/02/2015 As the new financial year approaches, it is time to review the changes we’ve seen over the past 12 months. It’s clear to say that ClearPeople has undergone significant change. And admittedly it has been a bit of a challenge, but the change has been necessary - so many companies that fail to adapt as the industry evolves, fail themselves. To quote Harold Wilson: “He who rejects change is the architect of decay.” But ClearPeople continues to grow from strength ...

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    Designing the perfect Document Management System

    Posted 2 February 2015 12:00 AM by Matthew Quenby, Business Development Consultant @ ClearPeople

    In my opinion, there are only a few things that separate SharePoint from being either one of the world’s worst or best platforms for Document Management. The first concerns the choices you make when designing the user interface and experience – taking into account (or not) the user’s day to day experience (so over 80% of the user’s time is still today in 2015 spent in MS Word or Outlook). The second is how you design a sensible information architecture (IA) that ...

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    Dynamic Placeholders on Sitecore 7.2

    Posted 20 January 2015 12:00 AM by Alan Yip, Senior Sitecore Consultant@ClearPeople

    There comes a time when a client requires something slightly richer in editorial experience and as an advocate of this, we always try and find a way to allow them to do this. It just so happens that a client wanted exactly this: The requirement The client wanted the ability to design the layout of a page at creation time. Now this is slightly different to actually dropping in controls on a page to a set number of placeholders. This is in fact allowing the editor to drop in these placeholders...

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