Want to Become a SharePoint & Power Platform Expert?

Do you know there are more than 50,000+ SharePoint and Power Platform job openings in the United States of America? And a mid-level SharePoint developer earns more than $100,000 a year. Similarly, a mid-level Power Apps developer in the United States makes between $100,000 and $135,000 a year. And guess a Power BI senior level Data analytics consultant makes over $150,000 annually.

Here is a screenshot of the LinkedIn SharePoint job search.

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SharePoint developer Salary in the United States

Do you want to become a SharePoint developer? Or a Microsoft Power Platform Developer or a SharePoint framework developer?

I will guide you through your journey! I will make you a successful SharePoint and Power Platform developer. I will explain from beginning to end what you require to become a SharePoint expert.

Even if you are new to SharePoint, a fresher, or an experienced professional, I will guide you!

Keep reading.

What do you require to become a SharePoint Developer?

The first thing you need to become a SharePoint developer is to know the basics of SharePoint, starting with what SharePoint is. Then, you might consider knowing why companies are using SharePoint. Its benefits and how organizations can use SharePoint?

What is SharePoint?

SharePoint is a collaboration platform from Microsoft for your organization. A lot of organizations use SharePoint to create sites easily. We can use SharePoint to store, organize, and manage information securely and documents across the organizations. And most importantly, you can access SharePoint anytime from any device.

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What is SharePoint used for?

Here are a few reasons SharePoint is used for.

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  • SharePoint is used to create sites easily. Like, you can create sites individually for each department. For your HR team, you can create a team site that can be accessed and managed by your HR department. In the same way, you can create sites for IT, Finance, and Training departments.
  • You can create libraries to store, share, and manage documents securely in a SharePoint site. You can create a SharePoint document library to store your project documents; only your project team members can access it. You can even create a separate document library and share it with your external vendors through SharePoint’s external sharing features.
  • If you want to store your employee information, product information, or vendor details, you can easily create a SharePoint list and store it on a site.
  • If you want to build an attractive home page, then you can use various SharePoint web parts like the hero web part, the Planner web part, the quick chart web part, and the Organization chart web part to create stunning pages.
  • Suppose you want to show news and updates. In that case, you can use the news web part or use various visuals in a SharePoint team site or communication site to display important information inside your organization.
  • Easily search documents or files and find people from your intranet by using the SharePoint search feature.
  • You can also use SharePoint with Microsoft Power Platform to transform your business processes.
    • Power Apps: Use Power Apps to develop apps quickly that you can use on mobile, tablet, or even laptop devices. Apps you can develop without any coding knowledge and investing days. Within a couple of hours, you can develop an app that your users can start using.
    • Power BI: Power BI is an analytic and reporting tool. Using Microsoft Power BI, you can present your boring data with attractive visuals.
    • Power Automate: Use Microsoft Power Automate to create automated flows for your day-to-day tasks. From sending emails to approvals or reminder emails, you can use Power Automate all your business processes inside your organizations.
    • Power Virtual Agents: Built chatbots easily by using Microsoft Power Virtual Agents so that it will automatically interact with your customers without your presence.
    • Power Pages: Use Microsoft Power Pages to create external-facing sites to showcase your products.
  • Access SharePoint on your mobile through an Android or iOS app.

Here is also a video you can check out, which I have made on what SharePoint is and why organizations are using SharePoint.

Check out an article on What is SharePoint and Benefits of SharePoint?

How to Access SharePoint?

There are two ways you can access SharePoint.

  • SharePoint Online
  • SharePoint On-Premise

SharePoint Online: If you are familiar with the cloud service from Microsoft, which is known as Microsoft 365, it will be easier for you to understand. SharePoint comes as a part of the cloud service in Microsoft 365, popularly known as SharePoint Online. As an organization, you can take licenses according to your requirements, and Microsoft will take care of the infrastructure, updates, etc. Many Microsoft 365 plans are available, and you can check them out here.

SharePoint On-Premise: The Organization will install and use SharePoint, and Microsoft will not be responsible for anything. In this case, you as an organization will be fully responsible for installing hardware and software to install and update SharePoint. You can purchase SharePoint licenses and build your farm for your organization based on your requirements and user base.

The latest on-premise version of SharePoint is the SharePoint subscription edition. And a few previous on-premise versions are:

Check out a complete tutorial on SharePoint Online vs on-premise. I highly recommend this tutorial to know in depth about the SharePoint on-premise and online environments.

SharePoint Online Sites or Site Collections

As a SharePoint developer, the next thing you should know about the SharePoint Online sites or site collections.

A SharePoint site is a place where you can store and display information or documents. This is the starting point for your organization to use SharePoint.

We can create two types of sites in the modern SharePoint.

  1. SharePoint Online team site
  2. SharePoint Online communication site

In a nutshell, SharePoint team sites are meant for a particular team inside your organization. Let us say one of your project development teams can create a team site so that they can collaborate and share information with the team members.

Organizations use SharePoint Online communication sites to share news or updates with a larger audience. For example, you can create a communication site to display event details that will happen in your organization. This information is not specific to any team but rather meant for the entire organization.

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Here are a few articles you can look at, all related to SharePoint Online sites.

NameDetails
SharePoint Online team site vs. communication siteLearn the difference between a SharePoint Online team site vs. a communication site
Create a SharePoint Online Team SiteLearn how to create a team site in SharePoint Online.
Create a SharePoint Online communication siteLearn how to create a SharePoint Online communication site.
Delete a SharePoint siteLearn how to delete a SharePoint Online team site or communication site.
Change a SharePoint Online site URLLearn how to change a SharePoint team or communication site URL.
Make a SharePoint site publicLearn how to make a SharePoint Online site public.
Share a SharePoint Online SiteLearn how to share a SharePoint online site with external users.
SharePoint Online site ownerLearn how to find the site owner of a SharePoint Online team site or communication site.
SharePoint site usage reportLearn how to check SharePoint Online site usage report.
Add Discussion Board to SharePoint OnlineLearn how to add a discussion board to a SharePoint Online site.
Add a Planner to SharePoint Team SiteLearn how to add a planner to a SharePoint Online team site.
Change classic to modern in SharePointLearn how to change classic SharePoint to modern SharePoint.
SharePoint Team Site vs Project SiteLearn the difference between a team site and a project site in SharePoint.
Recycle Bin in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to work with a recycle bin in SharePoint Online.
Change SharePoint Online Team Site to Microsoft TeamsLearn how to change a team site to Microsoft teams in SharePoint Online.

SharePoint Lists and Libraries

The next thing you should know as a SharePoint developer is about SharePoint lists and libraries.

SharePoint lists are like tables in a database where we can store information. If you want to store information about a Product, then you can create a list with the columns below:

Column NameColumn Description
Product IDSingle line of text
Product NameSingle line of text
Product DescriptionMultiline of text
PriceCurrency
AvailabilityYes/No

In the same way, you can create libraries to store documents or files in a SharePoint Online site. If you want to store policy-related documents for your organization, you can create a SharePoint document library as HR Policies. There are a lot of features the SharePoint document library provides, like versioning, security, views, etc., that you should know.

Here, you can check out two videos where I have explained what is SharePoint list and how to create a list in SharePoint Online. Another video explained a SharePoint document library and how to create a document library in SharePoint Online.

Here are a few tutorials on SharePoint lists and libraries you can look at.

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NameDetails
How to Create a SharePoint ListThis tutorial explains 4 different ways to create a list in SharePoint Online.
SharePoint Online List ExamplesThis tutorial contains 15 real-world SharePoint list examples with different data types.
SharePoint Online list vs document libraryLearn the difference between a list and a library in SharePoint Online.
Add Person or Group Column in SharePoint ListLearn how to add a person or group column in the SharePoint Online list.
Indexed Column in SharePoint Online ListLearn what is an indexed column in a SharePoint list. And also how to create an index column in the SharePoint Online list.
Delete a Column in SharePoint List or Document LibraryLearn how to delete a column in a SharePoint Online list or library.
SharePoint Online List Version HistoryLearn about SharePoint list version history and how versioning works in a SharePoint Online list.
Export SharePoint List to ExcelLearn how to export SharePoint Online list to Excel.
Import Excel into SharePoint online listLearn how to import an Excel to a SharePoint Online list.
sort columns in a SharePoint Online listLearn how to sort columns in a SharePoint Online list.
SharePoint Online List ViewLearn what a list view is in SharePoint and how to create a list view in SharePoint Online.
Create a Calendar View in SharePoint ListLearn how to create a calendar view in a SharePoint list.
SharePoint Online List Vs ExcelLearn the difference between SharePoint Online List and Excel.
Add Attachments Column in SharePoint ListLearn how to add an attachments column to a SharePoint list.
Create a Lookup Column in SharePoint Online ListLearn how to create a lookup column in a SharePoint list.
SharePoint list conditional formatting based on a dateLearn how to implement list conditional formatting based on a date in a Sharepoint Online list.
SharePoint list calendar view formattingLearn everything about the SharePoint Online list calendar view formatting.
Audience Targeting in SharePoint OnlineCheck out what is SharePoint Online Audience targeting and how to implement it in a SharePoint list/library.
Format a SharePoint Online List Column using JSONLearn how to format a SharePoint Online list column using JSON.
Rename a SharePoint Online ListLearn how to rename a SharePoint Online list.
SharePoint number column without commaLearn how to format a number column without commas in the SharePoint list.
Rename a Document Library in SharePointLearn how to rename a SharePoint document library.
SharePoint Online document library examplesHere are 12 real examples of SharePoint document libraries.
Create a Folder in SharePoint Document LibraryLearn how to create a folder in a SharePoint document library.
Set a Custom Template for a SharePoint Document LibraryLearn how to set a custom template in a SharePoint Online document library.
Co-authoring documents in SharePoint OnlineThis tutorial explains how co-authoring works for a document in a SharePoint document library.
Create Shortcuts in SharePoint Document LibraryLearn how to create a shortcut in a SharePoint document library.
Pin a SharePoint Document Library to Quick AccessLearn how to pin a SharePoint document library to quick access.
Share files with external users in SharePointLearn how to share files with external users in a SharePoint Online document library.
Add a SharePoint Document Library in Microsoft TeamsLearn how to add a document library to Microsoft Teams.
Add a Link to SharePoint Document LibraryLearn how to add a link to a SharePoint Online document library.
Lock a File in SharePoint Document LibraryLearn how to lock a file in a SharePoint document library.
Search for documents in a SharePoint document libraryLearn how to search for documents in a SharePoint Online document library.
Set up alerts in SharePoint list and libraryLearn how to set up alerts in SharePoint Online list and document libraries.
Create Rules in SharePoint List/LibraryCheck how to create an automated rule in a SharePoint list or library.
Complete list and library tutorials in SharePoint

Here are a few tutorials on SharePoint calculated columns that we can use in a list or document library. Check out the below SharePoint Online calculated column examples.

SharePoint Calculated Column TodaySharePoint calculated column: difference between two dates
SharePoint calculated column get month from dateSharePoint calculated column random number
SharePoint Calculated Column If StatementSharePoint calculated column blank date
SharePoint Calculated Column Remove Comma from NumberSharePoint Calculated Column Current Date
SharePoint Calculated Column Convert Text to NumberSharePoint Calculated Column Concatenate Function
SharePoint Online Calculated Column AND Condition
SharePoint Calculated Column Replace All SpacesAdd leading zeros in SharePoint calculated column
SharePoint calculated column equals another columnSharePoint Calculated Column to Extract Email from Person Field
SharePoint Online Calculated Column LEN FunctionHow to add days to date in SharePoint calculated column
SharePoint Calculated Column Round UpSharePoint calculated column with a hyperlink
SharePoint calculated column multiplicationSharePoint calculated column if contains text
SharePoint calculated column split stringSharePoint calculated column remove characters from text
Calculate SharePoint List Column Average

SharePoint Permissions

Permissions are one of the most useful features of SharePoint. With permission, we can ensure content on your SharePoint site is available and visible to the right audience.

Suppose you have a document library where you have uploaded a few documents and want those documents to be available for the right set of people. By using permissions, you can only give access to those people so that other people cannot access that SharePoint document library.

In SharePoint, we can manage permissions at the site level, list, and libraries level, and we can manage permissions at the item or file level.

As an organization, you can create a site for your IT department, which can only be available to those users belonging to the IT department. You can even share a file with a single user; other users cannot see the file.

Here are a few tutorials you can check out related to SharePoint permission, SharePoint list, and library permissions.

TitleDescription
SharePoint list item-level permissionsLearn how to implement item-level permission in a SharePoint Online list.
How to set up and manage SharePoint access requests?Learn how to set up and manage access requests in SharePoint Online.
Add Members to a SharePoint Online SiteLearn how to add members to a SharePoint Online site.
SharePoint Permissions tutorials

SharePoint Online Web Parts

As a SharePoint Online developer, you should next know what web parts are in SharePoint and how to add and use web parts on the SharePoint Online site page.

SharePoint web parts are the building blocks. We can easily create an attractive, mobile-friendly, and responsive page by using various modern web parts in SharePoint Online.

If you are a classic SharePoint developer, then just to let you know, we can use classic web parts in a classic SharePoint site page, and modern web parts we can use in modern SharePoint site pages.

Here is a list of web parts in SharePoint Online, and I have explained how to use these web parts in a site page in SharePoint Online.

TitleDescription
Document Library Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to show a document library on a SharePoint site page using a document library web part in SharePoint Online.
Group Calendar Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to show a group calendar on a SharePoint Online site page.
Quick Links Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to add quick links on a SharePoint Online site page.
Organization Chart Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to display an organizational chart using an organization chart web part in SharePoint Online.
Quick chart web part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to display a quick chart on a SharePoint site page using a quick chart web part.
Hero Web Part in SharePoint OnlineUse a SharePoint hero web part to learn how to display visually attractive items using images, text, and links.
Highlighted Content Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to dynamically display content like documents, pages, news, videos, etc., using a SharePoint Online highlighted content web part.
Events Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to add and display events using SharePoint Online events web parts on a site page.
People Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to display a few people or a group of people with their profiles using a SharePoint people web part.
Planner Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to add a team’s tasks and assignments using a Microsoft Planner web part.
SharePoint online countdown timer web partUsing a SharePoint online countdown timer web part, we can display a countdown timer on a SharePoint site page.
SharePoint Online Sites Web PartLearn how to show sites or selected sites on a site page using a SharePoint Online sites web part.
File and Media Web Part in SharePoint OnlineDisplay files and media using a file and media web part in SharePoint Online.
Button web part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to add a button control in a SharePoint site page using a button web part in SharePoint Online.
SharePoint Online Weather Web PartLearn how to show current weather using the SharePoint weather web part.
Site Activity Web Part in SharePoint OnlineDisplay recent site activities using a SharePoint Online site activity web part.
Office 365 Connectors Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to use Office 365 connectors web part in SharePoint Online.
SharePoint Online Page Properties Web PartLearn how to display page details like title, date, content type, etc., by using a page properties web part in SharePoint Online.
Recent Documents Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to display recent documents using a SharePoint Online recent documents web part.
Image Gallery Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to display a collection of images using an image gallery web part in SharePoint.
SharePoint News Web PartLearn how to display news on a SharePoint site page using a news web part.
Bing Maps Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to display a Bing map using a SharePoint Bing maps web part.
World Clock Web Part in SharePoint OnlineCheck out this post to learn how to use the world clock web part in SharePoint Online.
Spacer Web Part in SharePoint OnlineLearn how to use the SharePoint Spacer web part.
List Properties Web Part in SharePoint OnlineThis article explains how to use a list properties web part in SharePoint Online.
Divider Web Part in SharePoint OnlineCheck this post to learn how to use the Divider web part in SharePoint Online with examples.
Twitter Web Part in SharePoint OnlineThis article assists you in learning how to work with the Twitter web part in SharePoint Online with examples.

Here are a few SharePoint web part videos you can look at.

SharePoint Object Model

As a SharePoint developer, you should next know the SharePoint object model.

SharePoint object model is the programming thing that we can use to do various operations in SharePoint, like creating sites, list, libraries, adding items, uploading files, etc. Whatever we are doing by using the browser, most of the things we can achieve using the SharePoint object model.

There are two types of SharePoint object model we can use.

  • SharePoint server object model
  • SharePoint client object model

SharePoint server object model

In the case of the SharePoint server object model, the code will run on the SharePoint server, and that is the reason we can use this kind of code only in the SharePoint on-premise version. Microsoft does not allow server-side code in SharePoint Online. So, we cannot develop any solution or web part using server-side code for SharePoint Online.

To work with the server object model, we must first add the Microsoft.SharePoint.dll. Once you add the DLL, various classes are available to work with the SharePoint server object model. Here are below:

  • SPFarm
  • SPServer
  • SPWebApplication
  • SPContentDatabase
  • SPSite
  • SPWeb
  • SPList
  • SPListItem, etc.

I have written a complete article on this; you can check out the SharePoint server object model.

SharePoint Client Object Model

We can use different kinds of SharePoint client object models in both the SharePoint Online and SharePoint on-premise versions.

  • Managed Client Object Model (csom)
  • JavaScript Client Object Model (jsom)
  • Rest API for SharePoint

You can connect to a SharePoint site using CSOM from a client application using the below DLLs.

  • Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll
  • Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll

I have written a complete tutorial on the SharePoint client object model and SharePoint Rest API. , also you can check JavaScript Object Model (JSOM) in SharePoint Online.

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PowerShell SharePoint

You should know PowerShell if you want to become a SharePoint developer. We can use PowerShell in SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online Office 365.

To work with SharePoint Online, you need to download and install the SharePoint Online Management Shell and connect to SharePoint Online.

You can also do this from the PowerShell cmdlets:

Install-Module -Name Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell

If you want to work with SharePoint On-premises versions like SharePoint Server 2019 or SharePoint Server 2016, then all the PowerShell cmdlets are available once you install SharePoint server.

SharePoint Errors and Fixes

Here are some errors and fixes in SharePoint.

TutorialsDescriptions
The list cannot be imported because a Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-compatible spreadsheet application is not installed or is not compatible with your browserLearn how to fix the error “The list cannot be imported because a Microsoft SharePoint Foundation-compatible spreadsheet application is not installed or is not compatible with your browser”.
Cannot complete this action as the secure store shared service is not responding. Please contact your administrator.Learn how to fix the error “Cannot complete this action as the secure store shared service is not responding. Please contact your administrator.”
Connections to the SharePoint server are currently disabled because the project is in Offline modeThis tutorial explains how to fix the error “Connections to the SharePoint server are currently disabled because the project is in Offline mode”.

Microsoft Power Platform

The next important concept nowadays is the Microsoft Power Platform.

By using Microsoft Power Platform, you can build apps, can automate business processes, analyze your data, and communicate with customers using virtual agents.

  • Power Apps: Build Apps using Microsoft Power Apps
  • Power Automate: Automate Your Business Processes
  • Power BI: Analyze Your Data
  • Power Virtual Agents: Build Chatbots To Engage Your Customers
  • Power Pages: Build low-code business websites

You can also check a video tutorial on what is Microsoft Power Platform.

SharePoint Framework (SPFx) Development

If you are working with modern SharePoint, then the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is the only development model you can use to work with modern SharePoint sites, lists, libraries, etc.

If you want to start with SPFx development, first, we must set up the SPFx development framework.

Here, we have a lot of tutorials on SharePoint Framework (SPFx).

You can also check out a few SPFx video tutorials below:

Conclusion

I hope you have an idea of what you want to learn to become a SharePoint developer or a Microsoft Power Platform developer. From this page, you can start and be an expert in SharePoint, Power Platform, and SharePoint Framework (SPFx).

Also, you can check out our premium course on SharePoint development.