WSS: HowTo navigate a WSS site

In order to get an overview let’s start by look at the difference between a WSS site and the SharePoint Central Administration (SPCA) tool.
The WSS Web site is named Team Site and here are their Home pages (default.aspx) both shown:

In every WSS site you can find following pages:

SPCA specific pages are described here: https://rasor.wordpress.com/2008/08/25/wss-howto-use-wss-central-administration/

In the WSS Header of a WSS page you can find (if you have the authority):

  • Identity of you, who are logged on and a dropdown list for the personalization/membership actions.
  • A help button
  • Site Actions dropdown list
  • A horizontal menu
  • A vertical menu in the left side

On a WSS Page you can find Site Content (Web Parts and other ASP.NET content).

WSS Home page

(default.aspx) See image above. It is a customable site page. It uses content defined on the All Site Content.

WSS All Site Content page

(_layoutsviewlsts.aspx) is an app page. The Site Content is used in the rest of the pages (site pages, admin pages and app pages) in the site.

I guess Site Content is the same a module in other CMS systems like DNN. Site Content is synonym with Web Parts in WSS term. In this site the list of Web Parts is:

  • Document Libraries
  • Lists
  • Discussion Boards
  • Surveys
  • Sites and Workspaces (Guess this is not a web part?)

Notice: You can filter content, so only part of it is viewed. See the dropdown list in the right side of the page:

WSS Header

– Identity of you, who are logged on and a dropdown list for the personalization/membership actions:

  • My Settings
  • Sign in as Different User
  • Sign Out
  • Personalize this Page

– A help button, which opens _layouts/help.aspx in a new window:

– Site Actions dropdown list:

– A horizontal menu and a vertical menu in the left side.

WSS (Web Part) Page

A Web Part dropdown list:

  • Close. This will remove the Web Part from the page! You can add it again without loosing the existing data.
  • Modify Shared Web Part. This will go directly to the Edit Page mode with the propetiy page of the Web Part open.
  • Export…

An internal dropdown list within the Lists-Web Part with a capability to filter and set sort direction:

WSS Create page

(_layouts/create.aspx) is an app page. Here you can add pages and resources available for the them.

Notice: The lists: Administrator Tasks and Distribution Groups are only available in the SP Central Administration site. 

 

WSS Site Settings page

(_layouts/settings.aspx) is an app page. Here you can manage some settings for this site.

There are two things to note:

  • The heading Site Collection Adminitration is only available if you are on the toplevel site.
  • SP Central Administration don’t have the links to
    • Regional settings
    • Delete this site

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