Josh Darragh

Josh Darragh
"Figuring out what a client needs and then working hard to craft a solution and handing that off to them."
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SharePoint Content Types+ Parent/Child Relationships = Improved Search

Posted by Josh Darragh on 02.11.15

Planning content type relationships is an essential part of improving search functionality. Layering content types by building parent/child relationships will make life much easier when building search queries to render your content.

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Topics: SharePoint, Content Search Web Parts

Search & Display Events in SharePoint 2013 Using a CSWP & FullCalendar

Posted by Josh Darragh on 01.16.15

Why Am I Doing This?

A few months ago we had Mark Rackley, commonly known as the SharePoint Hillbilly, to our office for a visit and presentation. During the presentation he walked through his usage of FullCalendar.js which prompted me to think (aloud), couldn’t we use that js file to build a display template that searches for content and renders the results in a calendar format? His response was something along the lines of “good idea, I’ll race you!”

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Topics: SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online, JavaScript, Content Search Web Parts, Development

Managed Navigation. It's all in the Name!

Posted by Josh Darragh on 01.06.15

Managed navigation or structural navigation? Google ‘Managed’ and ‘Structural’ and look at the definitions. Manage is to be in charge of. There’s your answer. If you want flexible navigation that’s easy to manipulate and directs users to the content they need quickly, you should start researching managed navigation. Structural navigation will provide your users with a rigid path that mimics your data structure, which can work in some cases; however, most users want a fluid experience that is logical and gets them their content quickly and easily. This often fails to align well with the data structure, especially when related data is scattered amongst various sites.

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Topics: SharePoint, Information Architecture, SharePoint Online

Does Microsoft's SharePoint Recovery Plan Keep Your Data Secure?

Posted by Josh Darragh on 12.15.14

Microsoft has multiple layers of redundancy and backups of your information at their datacenters. SharePoint data is backed up every 12 hours and retained for 14 days. Microsoft has a Recovery Point Objective (RPO) of 45 minutes and a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of 2 hours. Meaning if there is a disaster at a datacenter that requires a failover to a secondary datacenter, you will have SharePoint Online available again within 2 hours with a copy of your data that is less than or equal to 45 minutes old at the time of service disruption.

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Topics: SharePoint, SharePoint Online

Content Search Web Part: Custom Display Templates

Posted by Josh Darragh on 11.21.14

Some of my favorite additions to SharePoint 2013 are the improvements to search, specifically the addition of the Content Search Web Part (CSWP). This little gem not only allows you to pull data from any site, but it also enables you to display those results in a much more flexible and user-friendly manner. Sure, you can grab data from any site using the Content Query Web Part (CQWP), but who has the time to make that look good? Well, with very little time and no customization at all you can throw a CSWP on a page and grab popular documents for your users to view. You even get functional options for display right out of the box.

What I really like best is the ability to create custom display templates to render the data however you want to. With some relatively simple client side dev, you can transform those useful display templates into something much more appealing.

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Topics: Development, SharePoint Framework

The Cloud: Is it Right For You?

Posted by Josh Darragh on 10.31.14

One of the biggest information systems decisions today for any company or organization is whether to run computing technology and store digital assets with an off-premise system, such as The Cloud.

The idea of The Cloud depends on making tools and information available to all authorized users anywhere with an internet connection. This idea isstill a little scary to some people yet enticing to those prefer to minimize their role and long-term financial investment by delegating the job to experts in hardware maintenance and security.


No one asked us, but we wonder if the term “vault” would feel more secure than “cloud.

Simply put, if you are using the Cloud, you are hosting your organization’s data and computing tools on a server that is not on your physical site under your direct physical responsibilitybut the resources are always accessible through the Internet.

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Topics: The Cloud, Office 365

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