SharePoint's popularity as a collaboration tool has exploded. So the time was right to look at add-on products for expanding its usability, management and customization. I was surprised, but happy, to find that many add-on tools for SharePoint is free. So, as I was combing through the options of which to test for this list, I decided to concentrate solely on the free tools.
My search took me to Microsoft's SharePoint site, some blogs run by SharePoint MVP's, third-party developers and Microsoft's open source site Codeplex. (Not surprisingly, most of these free tools are hosted on Codeplex, by the way.) All told, I examined more than 120 SharePoint tools to bring you this list of 12 that represented a good blend of customization and easy management. In order to make the cut, all the tools on this list are easy to roll out. I used myself as the test case – as in, if it was easy for me, it would be easy for most folks. Although I have worked with SharePoint for a while, I am not a SharePoint developer. (So, no, you will not find any projects on these sites with Ron Barrett's name attached to them.) But thanks to these great projects and third-party tools, no one has to be a SharePoint developer to be able to deploy great looking sites that will make a SharePoint deployment rock. Let's start with the AJAX Control Toolkit.
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Ron Barrett has been a technology professional for over a decade, working for several major financial firms and dotcoms. Barrett is a specialist in network infrastructure, security and IT management Ron is also the author of several books including: Office Communications Server 2007 R2: How-To , Windows Server 2008: How-To and The Administrator’s Guide to Microsoft Office 2007 Servers. Ron has been a co-author or technical editor for several other books on Windows administration. Along with book writing, Ron has contributed to several industry magazines such as Redmond, Datamation and Windows IT Pro. Beyond writing, Ron has spoken at several technology conferences for CPAmerica, AICPA and TECHMENTOR.