I have a Public SharePoint Online site?

Yes. Yes you do. Well, if you have Office 365 and it is part of the license which you purchased. You didn’t have to do anything, you have a public facing (anyone on the internet can hit it just like a normal website) website.

Where is it?

It’s easy to find. Go into the SharePoint Online Admin Center

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Select the first link on the left side navigation (the default) site collections

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And in the listing on the right side of the page, it will be listed first under Public Website

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The default URL will be http://yourtenantname-public.sharepoint.com.

And if you go there…You’ll see a nice SharePointy and Cloudy site…

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Oh Cool! Now I can create a website like Ferrari in Office 365/SharePoint Online????

No. As of yet, SharePoint Online in Office 365 does not contain all of the super awesome Web Content Management and publishing controls that SharePoint 20XX on-premises does.

Oh…

Yep.

Ok, the public website is enough for my needs, can I create more than one?

No. Once you have one created, you cannot create another one. It will appear greyed out when attempting to create a new site collection.

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Oh…

Yep.

Description Meta Tag in SharePoint Publishing Pages

I guess the title is a bit misleading, because in SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010, the Description meta tag does not exist.

After a bit of googling on Bing, I came up with several free solutions people have written, such as Waldek Mastykarz Mavention Meta Fields, WCM Utilities on Codeplex, to name a few. But the solution I landed on was so simple, so easy, so perfectly perfect, I went with it. I found it here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/sharepointecm/thread/d3583140-62de-4e5d-9a84-d0a1f9bff08d

Buried as an unmarked answer, within this thread. This works for both SharePoint 2007, and 2010 publishing pages, and it works well. Below is the reply I am referencing. So, Praggers, whoever you are, thank you.

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A note for 2010 (and possibly 2007, I did not take the 2 minutes it would require to find out, sorry!), the “Description” field’s internal name is Comments. So be sure to change FieldName=”Description” to FieldName=”Comments” within the code for your page layout.

Thank you Praggers!

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