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Creating custom my site template

Here are some links to start creating a custom my site template:

If you want to take the default templates take a look at {SharepointRoot}\TEMPLATE\SiteTempates\SPMSITE (the site template for “my content” – an individual site collection rootweb template, and first of all {SharepointRoot}\TEMPLATE\SiteTempates\SPMSITEHOST, the host site template for my sites.

They include pages and onet.xml. Both use mysite.master which can be found at:

  • {SharepointRoot}\TEMPLATE\FEATURES\MySiteLayouts\mysite.master
  • {SharepointRoot}\TEMPLATE\FEATURES\PersonalizationSite\mysite.master

If you compare so you will see that they are identical, so I would like to know why there are two same files in different locations.

MySite has actually two ribbons, the second with additional links (my content, newsfeed..) is defined by:
<SharePoint:DelegateControl runat=”server” ControlId=”GlobalNavigation”/>

If you want to remove some links, just remove the controls like: <SPSWC:EditProfileButton runat=”server” id=”ddlEditProfile”/>

While creating a custom my site template I discovered many useful controls from Sharepoint WebControls namespace (often shortened as SPWC in xml namespace). Here is an example how we can get a string value from a localized resource:

<SPSWC:StringValueEx ResourceFile="spscore" LocId="SkipContactCard_Text" runat="server" />

Or this one:

Using profile controls outside My Site

These web controls can be used outside my site, actually in any other page. But don’t forget to add ProfilePropertyLoader:

     runat="server" /> 
     id="ddlEditProfile" />

If there is no ProfilePropertyLoader, other controls won’t show up. So if you ask yourself: “OMG, I added EditProfileButton, but it doesn’t appear!” Well, just add ProfilePropertyLoader.

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