My Client has a huge farm solution and wants everything to be in the same farm solution so I'm restricted with the options of web parts.

They want their custom tile menu NOT using the Promoted Links (long story, but there is no negotiation)

So I have 2 questions:

  1. I want to do this in a proper way. Do you think creating a custom list, then picking up the items based on the category selected in web part options, and rendering as a menu inside the web part code is a good way to do this? (Not a visual web part but a normal one)

  2. I wish I could do this in a client web part (Add-in part?) But I cannot find this option when I am inside their farm solution. When I create an Add-in Project the Option is there though but I am not allowed to do this. Is there a trick to add a Client side web part into a farm solution?

  • Why not Visual Web Part (Farm Solution)? – Arsalan Adam Khatri May 19 '16 at 9:03
  • I'd thought I'd have more control on html elements in a normal web part? But yes can do a visual web part as well. – ova May 19 '16 at 9:08

I do not see any harm on using Visual Web part. Its easy and you have the full control on it. Having a custom list in the back end with appropriate fields will empower your users to easily add and edit the menu items.

Since its a visual web part, you have a flat canvas on which you can paint any type of tile design. Also writing server object model code is fairly easy and I don't think so there are any complications in pulling out the list items.

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  • I just feel a bit frustrated as SharePoint seems to be moving to client side development, and I still try to do traditional web parts (which people kept saying 'will die' but most places love them, I don't know if this is ever going to happen.) – ova May 19 '16 at 9:16
  • @ova You are correct, the new SharePoint Framework is totally JavaScript based. – Asad Refai May 19 '16 at 9:18

I have done this using a Visual Web part, I used this ready -made tiles : http://www.drewgreenwell.com/projects/metrojs Created a list for logging each tile as an item and allowing person to pick colour. Also have a category option on the web part custom properties so they can create more than one menu.

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