SharePoint 2013 Notes I

Well here’s another post of nifty things to remember. I’m working with SharePoint 2013 (YUCK!) and I ran into a few idiotic idiosyncrasies about it. Here’s a quick post.

Classic SharePoint Breadcrumbs

SharePoint breadcrumbs are hidden in 2013. They’re not included in the default master page… WTF? And when you enable them in your master page (if you can even figure out how to modify the master page), they’re really stupid. They’re a drop down.

First let’s talk about the master page for a sentence or two… The new master pages are only modifiable via their HTML counterpart. So make a copy of the default seattle.html “master page” and that will create another one for you. Rename it as you like and it’s .master will be renamed too. Really stupid, huh?

So you’re just supposed to remove the display: none on the .ms-breadcrumb-dropdownBox div and that brings back the “breadcrumb” but it’s not your typical breadcrumb. It’s a dropdown breadcrumb which sucks ass.

Want a normal breadcrumb? Here’s the code…

<div class="less_crappy_sharepoint_breadcrumb">

Add this right below the .ms-breadcrumb-top div is what I did. I also removed the crappy suck ass breadcrumb since it’s useless to display it then hide it with CSS. Useless!

Styles In The Masterpage

Apparently since everything is done with this .html file, any ASP code or any other code in style tags (probably script as well) has to be “commented out.” Use the following if you want to put styles in your master page.

<!--MS:<style type="text/css">-->
.ms-core-listMenu-horizontalBox li.static > a {
    display: none !important;

Lame, huh?

Oh, and watch out. For some reason SharePoint 2013 don’t do the > anymore so you’re probably going to have to put things like that in the style sheet… (always a good idea anyway).

Hiding The First Top Menu Item

How stupid is this? By default your site name is next to the logo… like you need it twice or something. Want it gone? Tough cookies. You’ll have to hide it with CSS.

Here’s your CSS:

.ms-core-listMenu-horizontalBox li.static > a {
    display: none !important;
.ms-core-listMenu-horizontalBox li.static > ul a {
    display: block !important;

Stupid! I hate SharePoint and I hate SharePoint 2013! How can anyone think this CMS is good. It’s a heavy footprint and look at all the work you have to do for basic things!

I might update this post with more stuff you shouldn’t have to do to get SharePoint to look and function the way websites should OOTB.

#SharePointGetALife #SharePointYouSuck #SharePointWTF

Drupal 7 Notes I

Well this post isn’t exactly a PROBLEM/SOLUTION post but more of an entry to put the few things I need to remember on Drupal 7. Here are three things I should remember for the next time I need help with it. I’m naming it I just in case I want more than one.

Limit Site Search Results By Content Type

If you ever need to exclude some content types from the site search, do the following:

  1. Install and enable the search_config module.
  2. Go to #overlay=admin/people/permissions%23module-search_config and at the bottom you can limit anonymous users by content type.

Remove Authoring Information From Search Results

On the search results page, by default, the authoring information is displayed. This kind of stuff should be turned off my default (in my opinion) since sites usually do not expose this information to the user. Only blogs or news articles have author info so it should be turned off for site search, on pages, etc but that’s a different vent. Anyway to turn this information off, do the following:

  1. In /modules/search copy the search-result.tpl.php and paste it into the theme root (like /sites/all/themes/your_theme/ )
  2. Remove the authoring information code.
  3. Save the page.
  4. Clear the Drupal cache.

Search Title & Content Body In View Block

  1. In the view, select the Tontent: Title and Content:Body under the Fields
  2. If you do not want the Body (or any other thing exposed in the list) select the “Exclude from display” in the Configure field: Content:Body.
  3. Under Filter Criteria, choose the “Global: Combine fields filter”.
  4. Check the “Expose this filter to visitors, to allow them to change it”, “Single filter”.
  5. For the Operator, choose “Contains” and select both/all fields under “Choose fields to combine for filtering”.

Permissions On The /sites/default/files Folder

I struggled with permissions issues for like two days. Between going back and forth with IT on what’s allowed and what isn’t allowed. Blogs everywhere say that the files directory should be 777. But that’s access to everything for everybody.

Ours has this access for the directory:


Every folder underneath this one should be granted the same privileges. By the way, this is on a UNIX box.