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  • Apr.11.2015

    ​​Traditionally we've published anonymous web sites on http (port 80).  This is unencrypted, and the logic is we don't want to incur the overhead of encrypting and unencrypting what is essentially public information.  This saves resources on both the server and the client browser.  Authenticated or payment sites generally use https, which is encrypted and secure.

    The reality today is that SSL encryption is no longer an expensive operation, and both the web servers and client browsers have more than enough horsepower to deal with it.  Yes you can offload the SSL encryption off the web server to improve its performance, but I don't generally see the need for that.

    There have been recent changes in the treatment of http web sites by Google. 

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  • Apr.26.2013

    ​Establishing a solid information architecture is the key to a successful SharePoint project, regardless of the type (web content management, enterprise content management, etc.).  Over the years I've learned a lot about this from my good friend and fellow MVP Ruven Gotz. 

    Ruven has done more to promote how to gather and build a solid IA from the business than anyone else in the SharePoint space.  His book Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture is an excellent resource, regardless of what version of SharePoint you are using.  I also recommend checking out Ruven's blog at

    One of the tools that Ruven introduced me to that all of our Senior Consultants at Envision IT use now is MindJet's MindManager (now just called MindJet).  It is a great tool for brainstorming and information planning and organizing.  It is not focused on the presentation details of the information, but rather just capturing the ideas and the relationships between them.

    For our Envision Shakespeare Company site, we have started to flesh out the information architecture, along with some of the feature and term store ideas.  Joe did most of the work on this, and I've included both the PDF and MindJet versions of the files for you to see.

    Envision Shakespeare Company Information Architecture.pdf

    Envision Shakespeare Company Information Architecture.mmap

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  • Mar.04.2013

    ​I haven't been very active this past year on my blog site, and it hasn't been for a lack of topics.  The last twelve months have been a whirlwind.  I first got the beta bits for SharePoint 2013 at the MVP Summit in February 2012, and I've spent a lot of the last 12 months getting up to speed on all the changes and new features.  I have to say I'm very excited about 2013.  One of the comments I heard from Microsoft was they made a much bigger investment in ECM in the 2010 release, and this time in 2013 that switched to focusing on WCM.  That along with the recent pricing changes that have made SharePoint much more affordable for public web sites should open a wealth of opportunities to develop sites on SharePoint 2013.

    During the last year we've updated all of our products to run on SharePoint 2013, converted our Envision IT site, internal collaboration site, and my blog site to 2013, and delivered a lot of talks and webinars on SharePoint 2013.  You can see much of this on our Envision IT site at  Now it's time to start getting that knowledge organized so both our staff at Envision IT and the community in general can leverage it.

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  • Mar.04.2013

    ​​Table of Contents​

    • Introduction
    • Envision Shakespeare Company Project Background
    • The Team
    • Vision and Scope
    • Agile Development
    • Responsive Design Goals
    • Information Architecture
    • Wireframes
    • Creative Design
    • Twitter Bootstrap
    • HTML Mock-Ups
    • Application Lifecycle Management
    • Development Environment
    • TFS and Continuous Integration
    • Site Columns and Content Types
    • Design Manager and Snippet Gallery
    • Master Page
    • Navigation
    • Page Layouts
    • Multi-lingual
    • Accessibility
    • Site Structure
    • Search
    • Content Search Web Part
    • Display Templates
    • Cross-Site Publishing
    • Topic Pages
    • Image and Video Renditions
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Usage Analytics
    • Workflows
    • Permissions
    • Extranet Requirements
    • Digital Marketing Suite
    • Custom Web Parts and Apps
    • Hosting Options - On-Premise, Office 365, Azure, Third-Party
    • Technical Architecture
    • Staging and Production build and deployment
    • Quality Assurance
    • Change Management
    • Training
    • Content Authoring
    • Go Live
    • Post-Launch Support
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