SharePoint Tutorial for Beginners, Developers, Administrators and End User.
The number 1 reason to mess up your start with SharePoint is to get lost in the huge amount of unstructured information. The number 2 reason is to completely ignore why Microsoft created SharePoint. The number 3 reason is wanting to absorb all information available.
The SharePoint Tutorial for beginners are helpful if you want to get familiar with SharePoint independent of your role. First what is SharePoint tells you about the problems we have in our current working environment and how SharePoint helps to solve them. If you want to start SharePoint development you can use the Learn SharePoint development training to learn about development and deployment.
If you need to install you can use one of the well proven Install SharePoint guides to get your infrastructure going. If you are an end user you can take a look at the SharePoint Templates and how to use them.
Use the following SharePoint Tutorial for beginners to learn SharePoint. Most tutorials come as step-by-step Video, PDF and articles.
Reason 1 - 3 Ways to mess up your Start with SharePoint
Back in 2007 information was missing and now there's actually too much ;)
"The number 1 reason to mess up your start with SharePoint is to get lost in the huge amount of information."
Done. This article is the right way to start.
Reason 2 - 3 Ways to mess up your Start with SharePoint
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"The number 2 reason is to completely ignore why Microsoft created SharePoint."
If you're not familiar with SharePoint take a look at your working environment. WAIT! Let me guess: Sometimes you have too much information to make a decision. Sometimes you don't have enough information. Research takes a long time since information is stored on File shares, Local hard disks, Personal folders, Different applications, E-Mails or in the head of a person you don’t know. Even if you find everything which is relevant and which not? Which is up to date? And can you access it from your mobile phone?
"SharePoint helps to make better decisions as a solution for information storage, retrieval and access."
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- What is SharePoint?
Reason 3 - 3 Ways to mess up your Start with SharePoint
If you already work in a structured way with SharePoint just scroll down for tutorials.
"The number 3 reason is wanting to absorb all information available."
You find tons of information out there but you don't need it right now. One of my most helpful tips is to create a base and extend your knowledge when and where necessary.
Let's take a look at these videos:
- What is SharePoint 2010?
- Storing Data in SharePoint 2010 (Columns, Lists, Libraries, Pages, Sites and so on)
- Working with Data in SharePoint 2010 (Web Parts, Events, Workflows, Service Applications and so on)
Most of it's content applies to SharePoint 2013, 2010 and 2007. So there's no need to directly start with stuff like Business Intelligence, Visio Services, Access Services, Excel Services and so on that gets you down.
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How I would begin Development:
If you want to learn SharePoint programming I suggest the way below. I know time is precious and SharePoint is quiet complex but it helped me.
By the way if you already know what you will implement later (Workflows, Web Parts, …) you can also change the steps and focus on this subject.
From my experience I suggest 3 steps:
1. Get a Virtual Image
If you want to learn SharePoint I suggest that you install a SharePoint image. If you can create your own image you can learn about SharePoint and its components. It has a few advantages besides learning the components: The image only contains the things you need. The virtual image from Microsoft has everything installed and is really huge. You usually don’t need it.
2. Implement a Web Part / Console Application
You can use the training course for developers from above to implement a Web Part. Or just implement a console application and access SharePoint sites via Object Model.
3. Learn the reason behind SharePoint
The whole first part of this page is dedicated to learn why Microsoft created SharePoint and how you can work with data inside SharePoint. Knowing this gives you an understanding for your future work with SharePoint.
I don’t know if this strategy applies to everyone but it helped me and here is why:
- If you have a clean working virtual environment you can test, develop or just experience everything. You can change it… if it breaks you have a backup. It’s just great for playing around.
- A lot of people don’t know why they use or develop SharePoint. This is an advantage.
- If you implement a basic element you can get curious and try new stuff.
The most important thing is: Don’t try too much, don’t get lost in too many different things. Concentrate on a few things… if you have a working base it’s easy to enhance. If your base isn’t working you will have trouble to go on.
How I would begin as an Administrator:
Number 1 and 3 from beginning development also applies to administrators. Based on that you have a good starting point for testing. Based on your requirements you can extend your knowledge by specifically looking for information you need to solve your use cases. Microsoft TechNet has a lot of great content and resource centers but I suggest you look for a certain topic instead of a broad overview.
How I would begin as an End User:
If you already understand the reason behind SharePoint just click on 'End User' below to see a list of great tutorials for beginners and advanced by Microsoft.
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