Archives For May 2014
A new feature of 2013 are the metro-style tiles. Every new team site has them as a banner on the homepage.
To create your own tiles you are limited to the promoted links app or the Announcement Tiles feature. I wanted the ability to use the tiles in my search results and other areas as needed. I have two display templates that will allow you to do just that, with any type of content within SharePoint. The solution consists of 3 parts:
- Display Template
- CSS file for rendering the tile correctly.
Let’s get started…..
First we need to get our code and place them in their respective areas. Attached you will find the 3 files needed for this display template:
Next, we need to place our CSS and JS files. I have placed mine in the /Style Library/CSS and /Style Library/JS respectively. You don’t have to place the files in this location. However, if you choose to put them somewhere else you will need to update the $includeScript and $includeCSS path in the display template HTML file.
Information about the template
The template renders a tile similar to one you use with promoted links and announcements tiles. It allows to you to map the following fields:
- LinkURL (Auto Do Not Change)
- PictureURL (Automatically pulls the most common managed properties for images)
- Title (Title of the tile – First Line)
- Description (Description of the tile – Second line onmouseover)
These fields can be mapped using the Content By Search web part when the display template is selected (See below)
As you can see I am setting this first search to return people:
We could also change our query to return documents:
We could show announcements:
Note: If you just added the ‘Rollup Image’ column to your announcements, the tile would show your image on the tile as well.
We can show article pages:
You also choose to arrange these vertically using the Item_VerticalTile display template called “Vertical Tile” in the web part property selector.
As you can see, with the tile we can view any type of content we want. The HTML display template is easy enough to tailor this to any specific need or specific content that you would like. It is not necessarily a one-size-fits-all but it is a good start.
Source Files: https://github.com/kameronberget/SharePointPhiles
While working in an Office 365 tenant the other day I came across a site feature called Announcement Tiles. Curious, I tried to activate the feature and received an error that the feature is not supported in my version. I assumed this was probably because my tenant had not yet received the quarterly bits yet. However, after checking I found this. This feature has to be used on the My Site Host.