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Move subsites in WSS 3.0 like you would in MOSS 2007

February 28, 2011

Manage content and structure is a MOSS 2007 feature, but if you were like me trying to figure out a dead simple way to move a site to another URL or location, without backing up, dealing with all the permissions, the answer was in this genius blog: Use STSASM to rename a site to another location.

stsadm -o renameweb -url http://locationofyoursite -newname location/location.

Note, this can only be peformed in the same site collection. Ensure illegal characters are not present in the site move as I saw this morning!


Show All Subsites on a Webpage (without using table of contents web part!)

July 8, 2010

It’s been a while, I know. I’ve been lost under the radar when it comes to SharePoint but I am back!

I’ve had a large collection of subsites and no matter how much I tweaked the master.xml file that controls the number of sites you can have on a drop down menu, my table of contents web part simply would not display all subsites. Annoying.

However, a stroke of luck brought me to Michael Wilcox’s blog and here’s how you display a subsite on a webpage using SPDesigner 2007:

You can use SharePoint Designer to show a list of sub sites in a MOSS site.

An example of a sub site is a document workspace. An overview of all available sub sites provides an easy way for users to navigate to these workspaces.

1) Open your site in SharePoint Designer

2) Open the Data Source Library task pane

3) Connect to the XML Web Service that provides information about the sub sites.

 4) Add the information to your home page

You can drag and drop the newly created data source to your home page. A list of sub sites will be shown.

5) Change the way the information is shown.

By default a plain list of the sub sites will be shown. You can change this list, and for instance make the URL’s clickable. As you hover over the title field, right click and select:

  • Data Field: Title
  • Format as: Hyperlink

6) Amend the rest of the layout to suit your design.

Thanks Michael!

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March 9, 2009

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Documents locked when editing a document you opened

February 18, 2009

I’ve come across a problem that SharePoint has. When you check out and edit a document, when you get to the check in stage, an error prompts you that “the filename” is locked for editing by another user.

According to KB8997089, the fix is to wait 10 minutes and to edit the file using the “Edit document”. This issue is either caused by the MSOCache folder or the client Office lock out. See Paul Liebrand’s blog for more details.