SharePoint 2013 For Dummies
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Web Parts are reusable components that display content on web pages in SharePoint 2013. Web Parts are a fundamental component in building SharePoint pages. A number of Web Parts ship right out of the box with the different editions of SharePoint, and you can also purchase third-party Web Parts.

Note: The Web Parts that you have available depend on which SharePoint 2013 edition you use as well as which features are activated. For example, the PerformancePoint Web Parts are available only with the Enterprise license and only when the PerformancePoint Services feature is activated.

The following is a list of the common Web Part categories:

  • Apps: Each app instance you have added to your site has an associated Web Part. The app Web Parts enable you to add a view into the data in your app to your web pages.

  • Blog: Provides Web Parts for a blog site.

  • Business Data: A group of Web Parts that display business information, such as status, indicators, and other business data. This group also includes Web Parts for embedding Excel and Visio documents and displaying data from Business Connectivity Services (BCS; a component of SharePoint that allows you to connect to data stored outside SharePoint).

  • Community: A group of Web Parts for the community features of SharePoint, such as membership, joining a community, and information about the community. In addition, there are tools for community administrators.

  • Content Rollup: Contains Web Parts that are used to roll up (aggregate) content, such as rolling up search results, providing project summaries, displaying timelines, and showing relevant documents from throughout the site.

  • Document Sets: Web Parts specifically designed for working with sets of documents.

  • Filters: Web Parts that can be used to filter information. These Web Parts are designed to be connected with other Web Parts in order to provide a useful filtering mechanism. For example, you might have a list of content and want users to be able to filter based on certain criteria. You could use these Web Parts to provide the filter mechanism.

  • Forms: Web Parts that allow you to embed HTML or InfoPath forms in a page.

  • Media and Content: Web Parts that display media, such as images, videos, and pages. In addition, there is also a Web Part for displaying Silverlight applications.

  • PerformancePoint: Web Parts specifically designed for PerformancePoint services.

  • Project Web App: Web Parts specifically designed for Project Server. These Web Parts include functionality for displaying information about a project, such as issues, tasks, timesheets, and status.

  • Search: Provides Web Parts for search functionality, such as the search box for entering a query, search results, and refinement of results.

  • Search-Driven Content: Provides Web Parts that display content based on search. For example, Web Parts that show items matching a certain tag, pages based on a search query, and recently changed items.

  • Social Collaboration: Web Parts designed for the social components of SharePoint, such as user contact details, shared note board, tag clouds, and user tasks.

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Ken Withee is a longtime Microsoft SharePoint consultant. He currently writes for Microsoft's TechNet and MSDN sites and is president of Portal Integrators LLC, a software development and services company. Ken wrote Microsoft Business Intelligence For Dummies and is coauthor of Office 365 For Dummies.

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