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Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2007 Bible by Simeon Cathey, Wayne Tynes, Wynne Leon

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Managing Web Parts

This section covers how to deploy third-party or your own custom Web Parts. This includes steps for installation on a SharePoint Web front end or server farm, as well as making them available within Web Part Galleries to enable user customization and personalization.

Adding Web Parts to the Web Part Galleries

There are two galleries to which you can add your custom Web Part: the Site Gallery or the Server Gallery.

  • The Site Gallery lists all of the Web Parts registered for a particular site collection. Using this Web Part Gallery, administrators can control what modular applications are available to specific site collection user populations. Specialized teams may need specific Web Parts that other teams do not. You can add one or more specialty Web Parts to a site collection.

  • Large enterprises with many sites may decide to install the same set of Web Parts on many sites. In this case, consider storing these Web Parts in a Server Gallery. You can deploy Web Parts in a Server Gallery by developing a Web Part Package file (.cab). For more information on developing Web Part Package files, see the Windows SharePoint Services Software Development Kit.

Deploying a Web Part to the Server Web Part Gallery

After developing your own or acquiring third-party Web Parts, you will want to deploy to your server so that users within your organization can take advantage of the new features and functionality they possess. After you have a Web Part Package file, to deploy it, follow ...

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