Common Web Parts in SharePoint 2016

By Ken Withee, Rosemarie Withee

Part of SharePoint 2016 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Web Parts are reusable components that display content on web pages in SharePoint 2016. Web Parts are a fundamental component in building SharePoint pages. There are a number of Web Parts that ship right out of the box with the different editions of SharePoint and you can also purchase third-party Web Parts that plug right into your SharePoint environment.

The Web Parts that you have available depend on the SharePoint 2016 edition you are using as well as on the features you have activated. For example, the PerformancePoint Web Parts are only available with the Enterprise license and when the PerformancePoint Services feature is activated. And the Project Web App Web Parts are only available when you have installed Project Server.

The following is a list of the common Web Part categories that you should be familiar with:

  • Apps: Each App instance you have added to your site has an associated web part. The App Web Parts allow 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 grouping of Web Parts designed to display business information such as status, indicators, and other business data. This grouping also includes Web Parts for embedding Excel and Visio documents and for displaying data from Business Connectivity Services (BCS). BCS is a component of SharePoint that allows you to connect to data that is stored outside of SharePoint.
  • Community: The Community grouping contains Web Parts for the community features of SharePoint. This includes things like 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 rollup (aggregate) content. There are Web Parts for 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: This category provides 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, there are Web Parts to show items matching a certain tag, pages based on a search query, and recently changed items.
  • Social Collaboration: This category contains Web Parts designed for the social components of SharePoint such as user contact details, shared note board, tag clouds, and user tasks.