Category Archives: SharePoint Server

SharePoint Web Part Page Maintenance – SharePoint Online

I recently ran into the issue where I made some changes to a web part on my BLOG and I was not able to view the page anymore. Since I was not able to view the page, I wasn’t able to fix or remove the web part.

I posted a question on the Microsoft Community Forum and was shown a way to edit the fix the webpart.

ERROR

There is a way to edit Web Parts on Pages that throw errors – you just add ?contents=1 to the end of the URL and SharePoint gives you the Web Part Maintenance version of the page.

 

Based on my BLOG URL, I went here: http://office365support.ca/blog/default.aspx?contents=1

 

Then you can delete whichever Web Part you last edited and then hopefully the page will run as per normal.

 

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Kelsey Epps

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Enable Anonymous Access to an Office 365 SharePoint Online BLOG

One of the questions that I get email about, is how I am using SharePoint Online public site to host my BLOG. Out of the box Office 365 P plans have a public site. Since this is hosted on SharePoint online, you can add various components; one of them being a BLOG. The problem is that by default you have to be authenticated in order to view and post on this BLOG. Not such a good idea, because I don’t want to license every user that I want to view my BLOG.

Luckily for me (and you), there are some smart SharePoint developers out there that have solved the issue.

Download this custom SharePoint web part

Please follow my own instructions on how to upload and activate this custom web part to Office 365 SharePoint OnlineĀ 


  1. Browse to the top level of your BLOG site

     

  2. Click Site Settings

     

  3. Click Edit Page

     

  4. Click Add a Web Part


  5. Select the custom web part ‘SetAnonymousBlogPermissions’ under Hatch Solutions

     

  6. Click Add


  7. Once the web part is added, click ‘Sort out my Blog Permissions’


  8. At this point your BLOG lists, comments and links are viewable without logging into SharePoint Online.

     

  9. Close the web part

Thanks for visiting and reading my posts. I am always looking for more ideas. Please comment or email me with what you would like to see.

Kelsey Epps

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Adding Custom Web Parts to SharePoint Online

This task is one that had me frustrated for a number of nights. Being around SharePoint for the last few years, I am fairly accustom to adding Web Parts (custom and out of the box). Personally, I am running Office 365 on the P plan and I wanted to add a Twitter feed to my blog. This didn’t seem like a hard task at the time, but I ran into one big problem.

Enterprise Plans

 

  1. Open the Site Actions drop down menu

     

  2. Click Site Settings

     

  3. Click Solutions (Under Galleries)

     

  4. Click Solutions Menu

     

  5. Click Upload Solution

     

  6. Enterprise Plans you will notice that you have the link for Solutions


 

Personal and Small Business Plans

The Problem with P plan users is that there is no Solutions link under Galleries


  1. In order to upload a custom web part to a P plan Office 365 SharePoint Online account, you must browse to the Solution Gallery.
    1. Open IE and browse to the top level of the SharePoint site
    2. Append /_catalogs/solutions/forms/allitems.aspx to the site address (http://www.toplevelsite.com/_catalogs/solutions/forms/allitems.aspx

       

  2. Providing that you are logged in with the correct account and have permissions, this will take you to the solution gallery, where you can upload and activate custom web parts for site


     

  3. Click Solutions Menu

     

  4. Click Upload Solution

     

  5. Browse to your custom .wsp file and click OK


     

  6. After the web part has been uploaded, you can activate it; select the web part and click Activate

     

  7. Now that the custom web part is uploaded and activated in the Solution Gallery, you can edit the site page that you want to add it to and then add it as per a normal web part.

 

For my site, I have added this web part for the Twitter feeds on the right side of my page.

Twitter Widget Web Part – Office365/SharePoint Online sandboxed Solution

 

Thanks for visiting and reading my posts. I am always looking for more ideas. Please comment or email me with what you would like to see.

Kelsey Epps

Office 365 MVP

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