Roadmap for creating and customizing Web Part Pages for a SharePoint site

A Web Part Page is a special type of Web page that consolidates data, such as lists and charts, and Web content, such as text and images, into a dynamic information portal built around a common task or special interest. Web Part Pages present a variety of structured and unstructured information in an organized, useful, and convenient way. Instead of spending a lot of time repetitively accessing many Web pages and data sources, you can save time by organizing this disparate information into a single, integrated Web page that can also expose details or links to other Web pages as needed.

The way you organize information from different sources into a single, integrated Web page is by using Web Parts. Web Parts are an integrated set of controls for creating Web sites that enable you to modify the content, appearance, and behavior of Web pages directly from a browser. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 comes with a large set of prebuilt Web Parts that are designed to be used for different purposes when creating your Web Part Page.

This article helps guide you through the process of understanding Web Parts and Web Part Pages, and provides you with a list of topics that will get you up and running by using Web Parts to create and modify your Web pages in Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Before you begin

This section introduces you to some basic concepts around Web Parts and how they are used to create Web Part Pages

What are Web Parts and Web Part Pages?

This section provides you with links to introductory articles that will help you understand the basics of Web Parts, the permissions necessary to work with Web Parts, and how Web Parts are used to create Web Part Pages.

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Introduction to customizing pages by using Web Parts

This article provides an overview of Web Parts and Web Part Pages, including the types of Web Parts, ways to use Web Parts and Web Part Pages, and a list of Web browsers that support Web Part Pages.

Manage and share Web Parts and Web Part Pages

This article provides an overview of how to configure and manage Web Parts, Web Part Pages, and Web Part Page permissions.

Learn about the Web Parts in Office SharePoint Server 2007

Topics in this PowerPoint presentation on Microsoft IT Showcase include:

  • Add a Web Part

  • Delete a Web Part

  • Display Content on Your Site

  • Add Customized Content

  • Modify the Appearance of Web Part

If you don't have Office PowerPoint 2007 installed, you can download the PowerPoint Viewer 2007. This free viewer lets you view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions.

Creating and customizing Web Part Pages

You are familiar with what Web Parts are and how you can use them to construct Web pages. This section focuses on creating Web Part Pages.

Important: You need at least the Design or Contribute permission level to add or customize a Web Part Page.

Create pages

  • In the browser, the Create page gives you the option to create a Web Part Page. A Web Part Page created this way includes Web Part zones in which you can insert Web Parts.

Creating and modifying Web pages by using Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007, or any other program is not covered by this roadmap.

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Create pages by using a browser

Creating Web pages by using a browser means creating a Web page just by clicking a link on the Create page in the site.

If you are interested in learning more about creating Web pages by using Office SharePoint Designer 2007, see Add a page to a SharePoint site.

Customize pages

You have a set of Web Part Pages in a site and now you need to make changes to one or more of those Web pages. The articles in this section introduce you to the concept of customizing your Web Part Pages. Customizing pages by using Web Parts is an important method of easily modifying pages. Included in this set of articles is a video presentation that demonstrates how to add Web Parts to a site. Finally, filter Web Parts are explained to help you understand how they control what data appears on a Web page.

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Customize a Web Part Page

If you are a site owner or administrator, you can customize your Web Part Page in a variety of ways, such as editing the Web Part Page title bar, adding Web Parts, customizing the views of List View Web Parts, and changing the layout of the Web Part Page. This article shows you how.

Add or remove a Web Part

This article shows you the two methods of adding Web Parts to a page and explains how to delete a Web Part from a page.

Adding Web Parts to a Site (Video)

This screencast provided by SharePoint Solutions on SharePoint-eLearning.com further helps you learn about adding Web Parts to a Web Part Page.

Six easy ways to customize your site by using Web Parts

Use the built-in Web Part features described in this article to easily customize the Web Part Pages that are stored in your site.

Work with filter Web Parts

Are you working with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services data, Office SharePoint Server 2007 lists, data that resides in the Business Data Catalog, or data in a workbook loaded into the Microsoft Office Excel Web Access Web Part? This article shows you how to connect Filter Web Parts to other Web Parts containing data in order to change the view of that data.

Customizing and connecting Web Parts

You can change the Web Part properties and manage connections between Web Parts, all through the browser. The articles referenced in this section show you how to customize Web Part properties and explain how to connect and filter data among Web Parts.

Important: You need the Design or Full Control permission level to add, customize, or connect Web Parts.

Customize Web Parts

If you are a Web page owner, you can customize Web Parts in several ways. Articles in this section focus on changing Web Part properties through the browser by using the Web Part Maintenance Page.

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Customize Web Parts

Learn how to change Web Part properties by using the tool pane, open and use the Web Part Maintenance Page, and learn about the common properties of Web Parts.

Restricting the use of Web Parts - Blog entry

This blog entry shows you how to use the Web Part Gallery to manage Web Part permissions, thereby restricting the use of particular Web Parts when customizing a Web Part page.

Connect Web Parts

After you add Web Parts to your Web Part Page, you can connect those Web Parts to create even more custom solutions for your Web page.

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Connect data in Web Parts

Learn how to use the menus and buttons within a Web Part to create data connections without writing any custom code. You connect Web Parts so that when you perform an action in one Web Part, it changes the contents of another Web Part.

Connect a List View Web Part to Excel Web Access

Learn how to gain greater flexibility and control over the display of an Office Excel 2007 workbook in Excel Services by connecting a List View Web Part of a document library or a list to the Microsoft Office Excel Web Access Web Part.

Connect Filter Web Parts to Excel Web Access

This article shows you how to use Filter Web Parts to pass values to theMicrosoft Office Excel Web Access, and then change the view of data in the workbook based on those values.

Examples of how Web Parts are used on a Web Part Page

Is there something specific that you want to accomplish by using a particular Web Part? This section provides links to articles that tell you how to add a table to a Web page, display navigation, add text, and group links to disparate sources — all by using the Web Parts that come with Office SharePoint Server 2007.

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Add a table to a Web page

Learn how to use the HTML Editor to add a table to a Page Content field control or to a Content Editor Web Part.

Add dynamic content to a page

This article shows you how to create dynamic views of your content by using the Content Query Web Part. You can customize the query that defines what content is displayed in addition to the view settings that determine how that content is presented on the page.

Use the Table of Contents Web Part to display navigation on a Web page

Learn how to use the Table of Contents Web Part to specify which part of your site collection the Web Part should generate links to, how the links are presented, and how the links are organized.

Add text to a Web page by using the Content Editor Web Part

Learn how easy it is to add text to a Web page by using the Content Editor Web Part. You can add a Content Editor Web Part to any Web Part Page and to any page with a page layout that supports Web Parts. You use the HTML Editor to add text to the Content Editor Web Part.

Use and configure a Summary Link Web Part or a Summary Link field control

This article shows you an easy way to build a page of links to various resources, both inside and outside of your site. You will also learn how to control the appearance, organization, and presentation of the links that you add to a Summary Link Web Part or field control.

Web Part reference

This section provides useful information on some of the Web Parts that come with Office SharePoint Server 2007. You can, for example, learn how to use the Content Editor Web Part to add formatted text, tables, hyperlinks, and images to a Web Part Page. In this section, you can also learn that when you create a list or library on your site, a List View Web Part of the same name as the list or library is automatically created, so that you can use the Web Part to automatically display the data contained in the list or library that you created.

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Content Editor Web Part

Would you like to add formatted text, tables, hyperlinks, and images to a Web Part Page? Learn how to use the Content Editor Web Part to add these features to your page.

Form Web Part

Do you want to connect a Web Part to another Web Part and then filter a column of data in that other Web Part? This article shows you how to use the Form Web Part to accomplish this.

Image Web Part

This article shows you how to control the vertical alignment, horizontal alignment, and background color of an image by placing it inside the Image Web Part. You'll learn how easy it is to coordinate the image with other Web Parts on the page by modifying the Image Web Part custom properties in a shared view.

List View Web Part

While there is no Web Part called List View, when you create a new site from a site template, Web Parts are automatically added to the site home page. This article explains how these Web Parts are instances of the List View Web Part that, in turn, use a preconfigured list template to display list data.

Page Viewer Web Part

Learn about the different ways in which you can use you can use the Page Viewer Web Part to display a Web page, file, or folder on a Web Part Page.

Site Users Web Part

You use the Site Users Web Part to display a list of users and groups who have permission to use a site. This article shows you how to use the Site Users Web Part and explains how the custom properties of this Web Part can be modified.

XML Web Part

You can use the XML Web Part to display Extensible Markup Language (XML) and apply Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) to the XML before any content is displayed.

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