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What are webparts and which are available?

Sharepoint websites use Web parts, small web applications developed in ASP.NET. The webmasters and website users can easily add those web parts to the web pages of your Sharepoint and configure them according to their use. There are many standard web parts available which allows you to build a complete intranet in a matter of minutes.

Find below a list of the standard web parts available. Depending on your package, you can also add your own web parts. See Sharepoint Solutions.

The following Web Parts are default available for a SharePoint Site based on Windows SharePoint Foundation (WSF):


Collaboration


Web part Description
Wiki A wiki allows you to gather knowledge by using an accessible format that can be managed easily. The format may entail text, pictures and other Web Parts.

Communication


Webpart Description
Announcements This Web Part displays a list of the 5 most recent announcements and a link to view the complete announcement list. Place this Web Part on the home page and your team has access to news, status and other pieces of information (a symposium announcement, a reminder that participants in tomorrow’s lunch need to bring their own food ...).
Contact persons Displays a list of your contact persons. E.g. phone numbers of the team members or customer details. You can share data between the list of contacts and Sharepoint compatible software (e.g. Microsoft Outlook).
Discussion board Create a discussion board to discuss topics with your team. Team members may suggest some ideas for possible activities.
Links Shows a list of hyperlinks to your favourite web pages or other sources you would like to share with your team. When creating the site for the first time, your list will be empty.

Content


Webpart Description
Blog A very interesting web part. A person or team may write down ideas, observations and expertise on which other people can make comments.
Document library A library is a central location on your website where you and your team can create, collect, edit and manage files. A list with files and other important information on these files is displayed in each library. In this way everyone will know where to find all of the available files thus ensuring the best possible cooperation.
In a library you can create and manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and other file types. When creating a new site a library with shared documents will be created automatically. You can adapt this library to your own needs or you can create complementary libraries, e.g. per project.
Form library Here you can easily share and store InfoPath forms that are used to gather information. For instance, you can create a form library for your team’s expense report forms or applications for leave.
Web Part page Add your own Web Part pages without having any technical knowledge about the creation of web pages.
Picture library Allows you to share pictures via your site. Same functionality as a document library but there are some special features such as thumbnails, download options and a slide show. Picture libraries have several advantages. You can view pictures in a slide show, download pictures to your computer and edit pictures with graphics programs that are compatible with Windows SharePoint Services.

Data


Webpart Description
External list Collect and synchronize data from external data sources in an external list (e.g. customer details from an ERP system)
Surveys You can display individual answers, a list of all answers or a diagram. You can export your results to a spreadsheet for further analysis on condition that you use a Microsoft Windows SharePoint services compatible spreadsheet program.
Custom list Create a custom list when you want to insert your own columns. The list will be opened as a web page thus enabling you to add or edit items one by one.

Tracking


Webpart Description
Task list Create a list to keep track of work items that must be completed by you or your team.
Project task list After you create a project task list you can add tasks, assign resources to tasks, update the progress on tasks and view the task information on bars that are displayed along a timeline.
Calendar You can use a calendar to store team events such as meetings, social events and all-day events. You can also track team milestones such as deadlines or product release dates, that are not specific to a time interval. You can also synchronize this data with MS Outlook.
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