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We are going to heavily customize My Sites, but will use standard components (web parts used in my site) and add some libraries and lists to every Profile.

In this regard I am wondering how to go about with the tasks. Is it Ok to edit person.aspx or do I create a new Page Layout and set it as Welcome Page and customize there?

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Its advisable to create a custom Page Layout based on your requirement. Then create a Welcome Page out of that.

Once completed, you can create a PowerShell Script which goes and create this Page for existing My Sites. And also change the Welcome Page to the newly created page.

  • Thanks for your comments Amal. Is it not possible to have features activate automatically on provisioning of my site ? It would be a bad solution to manually activate features each time a new person is hired (and gets a my-site in the portal of the company). – Ilyas Jan 27 '15 at 15:40
  • Yes you can have a feature. Use Feature Stapling to activate it automatically. – Amal Hashim Jan 27 '15 at 15:43
  • Nice. I came across another issue. When using a custom page layout as a welcome, the query string will no longer have the username. Any ideas how to go around this ? – Ilyas Jan 28 '15 at 9:23

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