How can I provision the search center to my visual studio solution? I have edited my page layout and master page to be able to have the search center in the maincontent of my site collection.

Maby there is a webpart I could just add in my modules element.xml?

Something like following:

  <AllUsersWebPart WebPartZoneID="Left" WebPartOrder="1">
          <webPart xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WebPart/v3">

Or is the Search Center in a feature that I could add the feature in my webtemplates onet.xml?

Any kind of help is appreciated alot.


The Search Center is a dedicate site template, with its dedicated onet / webtemp entries & definition.

You could easily add one to your site collection by creating a subsite with the template SRCHCENTERLITE#0 / SRCHCENTERLITE#1 or SRCHCEN#0.

Alternatively, you could inject the key search webpart within a dedicated page like in your code sample. You'll need the Core Search Result WebPart, Search Query, Search Paging & Search Refinment to mimic what's available in a search center.

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  • How exacly can add SRCHCEN#0 in my site collection? I added it as my basetemplatename and basetemplateid which is 50. What else? – Rohander Feb 22 '13 at 9:29
  • I think Francois meant you could create a Feature Receiver which will automatically create the Search Center when your feature is activated. Keep in mind, it's a completely separate site (as it's a site template), so when you're in a site and you activate this feature, it'll create a new site somewhere, from the Search Centre template. – James Love Feb 22 '13 at 11:43
  • Thanks James. My answer was a little bit short on description but indeed, either a feature receiver, or if you are working with publishing site definition, you can add one to your provisioning template. – Francois Verbeeck Feb 23 '13 at 20:53

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