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Making a Classified Ads page for intranet

  Asked By: Jamie    Date: Jun 13    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 8218

Has anyone tried to create a page for employees to list items for
sale, basically like a classified ads page? I have tried to experiment
with a picture library, but that seems a little weak. Any idea on the
best way to implement this?



5 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Emmett Hyde     Answered On: Jun 13

Are you trying to make something that looks like eBay with a thumbnail
image? If so, you may have to get into creating a custom list
definition or a custom view.

Have you tried a custom list? You could whip up one rather quickly
with fields for item description, seller contact info and attachment for
any photos. You could also include a status of For Sale, Pending or
Sold and filter the list  view by that.

Answer #2    Answered By: Michelle White     Answered On: Jun 13

that will get my going on the right track. Can you provide
me with the steps to way to include a thumbnail image in a custom
list? I have not been able to get this one yet. Thanks again for
your continued help in this forum!

Answer #3    Answered By: Gopal Jamakhandi     Answered On: Jun 13

This is the second time I've heard you refer to a custom list  definition. Could you provide a brief summary of what those do?

Answer #4    Answered By: Jaime Weaver     Answered On: Jun 13

Well it will be easier than what I originally said (that is what I get
for rattling off stuff from memory and not double checking).

Create a new column in your custom list  and select the Hyperlink/Picture
column type. In the settings, set Format URL as Picture.

Now store a thumbnail version or the image itself in a picture  library
and grab its URL by selecting the image (while in the library) until it
appears in the browser on its own

When you enter a new item in the custom list, use that image URL for the
Picture web address. Then wa-laa, eBay-esque list of items  for sale
with thumbnails and larger images for viewing via the attachments.

Answer #5    Answered By: Anibal Baird     Answered On: Jun 13

There are custom lists, and list  definitions. Custom lists are a template option in SharePoint that will allow you to set up your own list, and not use one of their precanned lists (Issues, Tasks, Links, etc.) Go to Documents and Lists (WSS) or Manage Content (Portal area), and select the create  button, Custom List is available towards the bottom of the available list templates. From here you can set up columns, views, filters, permissions and all that good stuff to create your own tailor made list. Custom lists are great and I use them all the time to address specific needs for clients.

Now a list definition is similar to a site definition, but just seems to just be less commonly well known. A site definition is a set of files that make up the templates for a WSS site (STS) or a portal area (SPS, SPSTOC, SPSTOPIC, etc). Part of a site definition is the LISTS folder that contains the template files for each list in SharePoint (ANNOUNCE, CONTACTS, DISCUSS, etc). Those folders/files are the list definitions. Site definition = template for site/area, list definition = template for a list.

Just like how you can create custom site definitions, you can create custom list definitions. I go through creating one here: http://heathersolomon.com/blog/articles/1300.aspx The article has flaws, like I don’t document how (and don’t quite know how) to add the Edit option to the list so you can edit the items  you add (you can edit through datasheet view), and there are much more capable people in this group that can help you with that sort of thing. But my article can at least get you started.

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