Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How To Add Third-Party Widgets to Your SharePoint Site


Here is an example of a SharePoint site using third-party widgets. The widgets on the right are the Google Map and the Yahoo! Map widgets. The one in the center (left) is one that plays the Peanut Butter Jelly Time video.

Web widgets are useful pieces of code that will allow you to "jazz up" your site without having to compile or use your own code. For example, on one of the sites at work that I had to develop, I'm using the Mapquest widget to allow the users to easily get driving directions. Yahoo! and Google also have some useful widgets that you can use as well.

You can easily embed the widgets on your web page, social networking page, or blog, and by using the Content Editor Web Part, you can use these widgets on your SharePoint 2007 site as well.

I've recently published (on Scribd) step-by-step instructions on how to add third-party widgets to your SharePoint site. You can click on the link below for the directions.


P.S. to the developers who are reading this: You're probably champing at the bit to write some code to interact with SharePoint. I haven't forgotten about you! I will be featuring more examples of interacting with SharePoint using code over the next few weeks.

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