Posts Tagged ‘web part’

MetaVis Platform Features Overview: Browse and Copy Individual WEB Parts between WEB Part Pages

March 23, 2011

Users and administrators use WEB Parts to customize look and feel and behavior of SharePoint pages. WEB Parts could be used to customize WEB Part Pages located in document libraries, Publishing Pages located in the Pages library of the publishing sites, WIKI Pages, system pages like site home pages or list views or update pages.

MetaVis Architect Suite provides an easy way to list WEB Parts for any selected page and to copy WEB Parts between pages. Find WEB Part Page in MetaVis Content View, right click on the page and select Show WEB Parts.

 

 

Show WEB Parts menu item brings the WEB Parts Viewer that displays WEB Parts located on the selected page.

 

 

It is possible to copy and paste or to drag and drop WEB Parts from MetaVis WEB Parts Viewer to any other WEB Part page in MetaVis Navigator tree or content viewer.

 

While MetaVis Migrator for SharePoint allows immediate copy of WEB Parts, MetaVis Change Manager for SharePoint creates activities that could be executed at the later time. As usual, MetaVis Change Manager activities could be executed at once for multiple targets. It could simplify such operations like mass distributing WEB Parts from list view page to hundreds of the sites in multiple SharePoint farms.

 

Another interesting functionality of WEB Parts View is the ability to save WEB Part XML definition to the file on the local computer. To do this, right click on the WEB Part in the WEB Part Viewer and select Save XML Config to File option like on the picture below.

 

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MetaVis Platform Features Overview: Browse out-of-the-lists database objects and copy them between sites

March 3, 2011

SharePoint users create content in lists and libraries. However, developers and administrators may create content using SharePoint Designer application. This content may not accessible through lists and libraries but it still could be used for branding, navigation and user interaction purposes.

Developers usually create such SharePoint Designer objects like HTML Pages, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS files), WEB Part pages, images to display on the pages and folders to keep other objects. WEB Part pages created in this way could be also customized by power users using regular Edit functionality available on SharePoint GUI even without SharePoint Designer. Power users and administrators can manage WEB Parts and some text on these pages.

Large portion of SharePoint itself is implemented using such SharePoint Designer objects. For example, familiar default.aspx home page of SharePoint 2007 team sites is implemented using this technique. Another example is list views, new and update items pages like AllItems.asmx that could be customized by adding WEB Parts and some branding elements.

Right click on site or a list node in MetaVis Migrator Navigation tree, select Objects menu item and select Show SharePoint Designer Objects submenu to reveal SharePoint Designer objects for the selected site or list.

SharePoint Designer Objects viewer looks and works much like any other content viewer in MetaVis Applications. A user can drag and drop or copy and paste objects from this view to sites and lists in the other sites or site collections or even to regular document libraries. There is also an option to view and to copy WEB Parts located on WEB Part pages.

While MetaVis Migrator allows immediate copy of SharePoint Designer objects, MetaVis Change Manager creates activities that could be executed at the later time. As usual, MetaVis Change Manager activities could be executed at once for multiple targets. It could simplify such operations like mass distributing WEB Parts from list view page to hundreds of the sites in multiple SharePoint farms.

Management of SharePoint Designer objects in MetaVis Platform makes it possible to mass distribute branding, navigation and other SharePoint customizations from development to staging to production environments.