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Missing web parts in the top-level site gallery

  Asked By: Tracey    Date: Feb 24    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 5066

We installed a custom site template using STSADM on our SharePoint
server and have found some issues. When we create new site
collections based off this template, there are no web parts in the
site template gallery at all. When editing a page and attempting to
add a wepart to a region, the pop up dialog only displays lists and
libraries parts.

In the short term, we can work around this problem by adding the
desired web parts manually by populating them into the web part
gallery. This can all be done through the UI, for each site
collection we create using this custom template. However, we do not
want to keep doing this since each new site using the custom template
needs to be "repaired" by hand.

We are wondering if the missing web part problem stems from the fact
that the template was created on a sub-site. Since the web part
gallery itself is located in the top-level site, it may not come
along with a sub-site created template.

What are the implications of creating templates at the sub-site level
versus at the site collection level? We are currently doing our own
tests of creating a new template from a top-level site and installing
it through STSADM.

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8 Answers Found

 
Answer #1    Answered By: Anuj Lakhe     Answered On: Feb 24

We have come across the same problem. Unfortunately, even creating
the template  using the top level site  does not seem to include the
web part  gallery; not even the standard web  parts from the original
site definition.

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Lee Dickerson     Answered On: Feb 24

Has anyone found  a solution to this? I am running into the same
problem.

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Aditiya Kapale     Answered On: Feb 24

The problem  is that you should not use a site  Template created  from a
child site as the basis for a Top level  site. If you do use a subsite
to build the top level site then the webparts gallery  will be empty and
you will need to populate it by either activating features or importing
.webpart files.

 
Answer #4    Answered By: Cristopher Gould     Answered On: Feb 24

I'm using a top-level  site for my template. It is based  off the
standard team site.

 
Answer #5    Answered By: Selena Glenn     Answered On: Feb 24

I can confirm that as well. As I said below, even creating  the
template using the top level site  does not seem to include the web
part gallery; not even the standard web  parts from the original site
definition.

 
Answer #6    Answered By: Jonathon Palmer     Answered On: Feb 24

My template  was created  using the team site  site definition so I'm
not sure why it doesn't include the standard web  parts.

 
Answer #7    Answered By: Aastha Patel     Answered On: Feb 24

Has anyone discovered a solution to the missing  web parts  yet? I
haven't had any luck.

 
Answer #8    Answered By: Akshay Gupta     Answered On: Feb 24

What we have learned about a problem  with similar symptoms may or may not
help you.

Web parts  are populated into the site  collection gallery  by features
included in the site definition's ONET.XML <Site Features> tag. [This is
one of the places where "Site" means "Site Collection".] This is true of
built-in web  parts and site definitions as well as custom. Since every
template is based  on a site definition, you might check to see what site
definition is actually referenced in the templase, and what is included in
the ONET.XML of the site definition referenced by the template  you used.

There may be an issue if the template was created  on one server and
installed on another.

In our case, we discovered that the "Basic Web Parts" feature was missing
from our MySite site definition, so all our MySites were without (e.g.) the
Content Editor Web Part. Microsoft recommended stapling the Basic Web Parts
feature in -- we took the easy way out and simply added it to the ONET.XML.

 
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