I had two of my colleagues come to me with the same complaint – that the Basic Search Center site template in SharePoint 2010 doesn’t have any navigation to get ‘back’ to the rest of the site collection:
I pointed out to them that there are good reasons to consider having the Search Center separated from the rest of your content. I’d even suggest a separate Site Collection if using the Enterprise Search Center. (This uses the publishing features, and you might not want them turned on in your existing site collection).
However, my colleagues didn’t need all that, and really did just want a simple search center in the same site collection as their content. For example, a departmental site collection needed its own search center and search experience. But they’d really like users to be able to navigate back to the rest of the site collection.
So, I set forth to fix this dire state of affairs for them. Continue reading
When you save a Site Template in SharePoint you can specify a Description. That’s fine – but doesn’t really seem to be used anywhere, other than a little note on the ‘Create new Site’ form (see below). I’d always assumed that it was. Well, I was wrong. Continue reading
Some of my colleagues are consultants who go out and try and design or generate SharePoint systems for customers. Naturally, they like to try and start from a blank starting point – so they use the ‘Blank Site’ template. However, they keep having problems with the Managed Metadata columns in such sites – in short, they don’t work. Continue reading
Came a cropper on this one today – using web parts based on System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.WebPart in a Site Definition. Unlike the Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages base web part, ASP.NET 2.0 ones need a
<webParts /> tag around your
<webPart> tag – other wise you get the error:
Cannot recognize the xml namespace of this web part
Joris Poelmans has a good description of the problem, and that was where I read the solution – it saved me a tonne of time.
I love the idea of site definitions. The idea that we can just say ‘give me a site for X’ and in a puff of magic smoke have a site with a feature rich experience just appear – that’s neat! And with SharePoint’s Feature mechanism and object model, we should be able to to a lot with them.
Strangely, after two and a half years working with SharePoint, I’d never built a site definition. (I don’t know how I managed that!) Recently, though, I’ve written several, and all I can say is that I’m older, and greyer than I was before. The reality of Site Definition development did not live up to my hopes. Continue reading
So yesterday I was trying to add a content editor webpart to a page I was deploying through ONET.XML. I wondered how to add custom web parts, and how you’d know what the XML for them was.
Turns out it isn’t very hard. An example:
<type name="SourceCode.Solutions.GenericCaseWebParts.CaseSSRSReportViewer" />
<importErrorMessage>Cannot import this Web Part.</importErrorMessage>
<property name="TitleUrl" type="string" />
<property name="TitleIconImageUrl" type="string" />
<property name="ReportServerUrl" type="string">http://vm-moss:8088/ReportServer</property>
<property name="Parameters" type="string"><ReportParameters><Parameter Name="CaseId" MultiValue="false" Value="[Case Id]" /></ReportParameters></property>
<property name="ChromeState" type="chromestate">Normal</property>
<property name="Title" type="string">Context Info</property>
<property name="ReportPath" type="string">/Reports/Case Details</property>
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As you can see, at the top we define the class to use, then we set various properties (I’ve trimmed that set quite a lot). But how did I get the XML? Well… I set the web part up in SharePoint and exported the web part to a file; this was the XML I needed to put into my ONET.xml. Copy and paste… job done.
When you provision sites you can provide various pages (normal pages, not just publishing ones!) However, what if you want to put web parts onto those pages?
Well, you could build multiple pages for your different site configurations. Or you could use a feature receiver to add it programmatically. Or, you could add it via your site configuration. Continue reading
Yesterday I wrote about the SmallSearchInputBox, how scopes only appear if you set a search center for the site collection, and how to set the Search Center in code.
Well, as is typically the way with CAML, I figured out how to do this declaratively later. Or, more specifically, I found that there is a feature I could call declaratively that would do what I want:
<!-- SearchCenter Url feature -->
<Feature ID="7AC8CC56-D28E-41f5-AD04-D95109EB987A" >
<Property Key="SearchCenterUrl" Value="~SiteCollection/Search/" />
Yup, all I need to do is put that into my site definition…