Recently, while working on a custom content aggregation solution, I stumbled upon another inconvenience in SharePoint 2007 WCM. While trying to sort the query results on PublishingStartDate I got an exception that there is no such field. I found it quite odd since the Content Type of which the pages I was querying definitely had the PublishingStartDate. I have even triple checked it in the Content Type definition, in the SharePoint Web UI and using the Imtech Fields Explorer. However, while looking at the Pages Library I have noticed that while the Content Type has been bound correctly, both the PublishingStartDate and PublishingEndDate weren't there. After deleting and binding the Content Type again I have confirmed that while both these fields exist in the Content Type they are not getting added to the Pages Library. What's more, I wasn't even able to add these fields manually!
SharePoint 2007 allows content editors to edit the web content using either the in place editing or the Edit Forms knows from WSS List Items. Many of the content editors prefer the in place editing mode as it's more intuitive and user friendly.
SharePoint 2007 introduces various approaches to provisioning Web Parts instances in Publishing Pages. A few of them are:
Configuration provisioning is very important in structured and repeatable deployment of SharePoint 2007 solutions. While solutions which target intranet environments, tend to be more dynamic and consist mostly of assets, delivering Internet-facing sites using SharePoint 2007 is more about delivering a complete experience: preferably a preconfigured environment with all the assets on the right places. While SharePoint 2007 introduces Solutions and Feature - a framework for deploying assets, it doesn't provide a flexible mechanism for structured and repeatable configuration deployment. To be able to deploy SharePoint 2007 solutions in a fully structured and repeatable manner, we have designed our own approach for deploying configuration here at Imtech ICT Velocity.
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