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  Asked By: Scot    Date: Sep 08    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 825

I had hoped to use a content editor webpart to modify the view of the
default Sites area in SPS, but, as I am sure many of you are already
aware, selecting "Edit page" in the Sites area makes no discernible
difference--no "Modify this page" appears. Of course, I could modify
it in Front Page, but I am worried about unghosting for what is truly
a minor cosmetic reason.



9 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Jasper Hatfield     Answered On: Sep 08

I've faced the same thing.

What I did was create a new Sites template profile - i.e. SPSCustomSites - copying everything from SPSSites.

Then delete the Sites area, and create a new area  called Sites, using the new custom template.

Then hack into 1033\SPSCustomSITES\LISTS\SITESLST\Summary.aspx, which is the default page  for the Sites area, and just below the HTML for the search bar, and the code for the Modify Shared Page link.

So after, this.......


<td nowrap align="right" valign="top">

<SPSWC:RightBodySectionSearchBox runat="server" SearchResultPageURL="SEARCH_HOME" FrameType="None"/>



Add this.......


<td nowrap align="right" class="ms-vb"><SPSWC:EditModeSettingsLink runat="server" /></td>


Answer #2    Answered By: Rashawn Hopper     Answered On: Sep 08

What kind of change are you trying to make?

I have typically made changes inside of the containers on the Sites Area
Summary.aspx page  using FrontPage and then used GhostHunter to reghost
the page. Let me know if you need more details.

The problem isn't that this page is not a Web Part Page, it is. The
problem is that the Web Zone's are attributed to prevent changes from
within a browser. I don't know _why_ they did this but it is relatively
easy to work around.

Answer #3    Answered By: Horace Coffey     Answered On: Sep 08

The Sites and Home areas, AIUI, are the most
difficult to modify. Remember portal server is a product that isn't
intended to be modified a great deal whereas WSS is a service that also
represents a horizontal development environment in which you can modify
all sorts of things.

Answer #4    Answered By: Rigoberto Beard     Answered On: Sep 08

I did this and ended up removing it because it was a very delicate thing and I didn’t trust end users to not blow up the page. After I added the Modified Shared page  link and started messing around with some web parts I completely blew up the Sites page. I can’t remember exactly what I did, as it was some time ago, but this solution should be used very carefully and on a test server first.

Answer #5    Answered By: Alphonso Mckay     Answered On: Sep 08

True, I did run into the same thing. If I remember correctly, what I did that blew up the page  was delete the sites  web part. I forget exactly what happened, so I deleted the area  and started over. Obviously not a great solution if you’re past the point of just starting out, and you already have several sites listed in the directory.

But can’t you just change the security on the Sites area so that end users don’t have the ability to modify  the views of the page? And then you could just train the administrators on the do’s and don’ts.

Or, once you have the page looking the way you want it, you could remove the Modify Shared Page link when you were done.

Answer #6    Answered By: Daron Oneill     Answered On: Sep 08

but isnt it all about the URL string?


where is that site with all the strings to pass to sps!

Answer #7    Answered By: M Juarez     Answered On: Sep 08

It is partly about the string. The querystring, when it is in there, tells the SPSWC:EditModeSettingsLink control to display with the drop down menu. Without the control, you can go into Edit mode, but you can’t add any web parts.

Answer #8    Answered By: Marty Mcdowell     Answered On: Sep 08

I did the later, got in, did my business and removed the link.

Training I feel is completely dependent on the installation and the support team’s skill level. Another thing I have found with supporting SharePoint is that you tend to forget how you did something a year ago and the ramifications. I felt safer removing the link personally.

Answer #9    Answered By: Dakota Shaffer     Answered On: Sep 08

Sure you can:

Or just replace the URL with this and press enter:

The Add Web Parts Tool Pane will render just as if you had clicked on
the SPSWC:EditModeSettingsLink control.

I'm not fond of the SharePoint Portal Server Web Controls (SPSWCs). I've
had it on my TODO list to document the dozens of SPSWCs but, alas, time
is at a premium.

The three most important aspects of real estate may be "location,
location, and location". But for a developer, it must be "time, time,
and more time".

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