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Although we internally manage to get away with the Data View Web Part for most cases, what other web parts have you come across which you may consider essential for MOSS or WSS?

Before you answer depends or too ambiguous, a good webpart should

  1. Have good documentation
  2. Relatively easy to deploy
  3. Genetic enough to provide something really useful obviously
  4. Used it quite often on different WSS/MOSS implementations or customizations


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Are you referring to Web Parts available from third-party solution providers such as Bamboo Solutions and Quest? – James Love May 24 '10 at 21:43

The question is pretty ambiguous. Something that is "essential" needs to solve a business need, so it depends on what problems you are trying to solve. Documentation may or may not be an issue. I've had web parts that I installed once and never had to think about again.

The most common requests I've seen involve Roll-ups. The DVWP can do this, but there are limits to what it can effectively access and how it performs. In some cases something 3rd party needs to be purchased, or something very scalable needs to be built.

Next tend to be custom web parts that integrate with other systems to provide data, functionality, or something from within SharePoint.

I've also seen a number of custom media players built for sites that need to accommodate more rich media.

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So your answer would be "Custom Media Players Web Parts" ? – Anonymous May 25 '10 at 19:13
Roll-ups, Media Players, Integration Web Parts – Mike Oryszak May 26 '10 at 0:35

You can do some pretty cool and creative stuff with the standard old Content Editor Web Part and some Javascript.

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This is very true, but it doesn't qualify as a webpart... – Anonymous May 25 '10 at 19:09

I'd take your search over to and search for all of the webparts that have the solution available for download. The good codeplex projects should have all of the documentation that you'll need. Having said that, I really enjoy SPD Activities, Print List, ULS Viewer, Easy Tabs, Access Checker... The list will go on forever b/c everyone has different needs. My major requirement is a free price tag. Someone with a budget may actually want to buy a product.

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I like your answer best, too bad I can't vote on it.. – Anonymous May 25 '10 at 19:13

I agree with Mike that is all about your needs. It also depends on if you are clearly WSS or if you have licensed for MOSS. If you are strictly WSS you will extensively use the CEWP and DVWP with Designer. You will have to do more with less but with creativity you will get some good results. If you are MOSS and you are doing public facing internets get used to the Content Editior Web Part. As you can see it is basically about what version of SharePoint and what you are trying to achieve.

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