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Microsoft Content Management Server Create/Delete Channel Web Author Plug-ins

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This set of plug-ins adds options to Create and Delete Channels in the Content Management Server Web Author.

Sample Image - cmscreatechannel.gif


For use in Microsoft Content Management Server, this set of plug-ins (written in VB) allows Administrators and Channel Managers to create and delete Channels using the Web Author. The Create Channel dialog also provides an option to create a default page for the newly created channel. When a default page template is selected, the user will be directed to the authoring view of the default page within the newly created channel. The user can either fill in content and click Save to create the default page, or click Cancel without creating the default page.

A C# version of this set of plug-ins is available here.

Installation Procedures

  1. Copy all the files in the directory WebControlLibray to the web control library project of your MCMS solution.
  2. In ChannelDeleteAction.vb, line 11, update WebControlLibraryRootNamespace with your web control library root namespace.
  3. Copy the directory WebAuthor to the root of your MCMS site.
  4. For the ASP.NET 1.x version only, update ProjectRootNamespace with your project root namespace in ChannelCreateDlg.aspx and PreviewTemplateDlg.aspx.
  5. In your console control, register the custom actions, include Console.js, add ChannelCreateAction and ChannelDeleteAction to PresentationModeContainer (unpublished), and add FailedChannelDelete to ErrorConsole. The following are the changes required as done in DefaultConsole.ascx:
    <%@ Register TagPrefix="CustomAction" 
      Assembly="WebControl Library Assembly Name" %>
    <CmsConsole:Console runat="server" id="Console1">
       <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" 
         src="/<MCMS Site Application Name>/WebAuthor/Client/Console.js"></script>
     <cms:PresentationModeContainer mode="Unpublished" runat="server" 
          id="ChannelCreateAction1" runat="server">
      <A id=ChannelCreateAnchor 
       onclick="<%# Container.ActionJavascript %>;return false" 
       target=_self><%# Container.Text %>
           id="ChannelDeleteAction1" runat="server">
      <A id=ChannelDeleteAnchor 
       onclick="<%# Container.ActionJavascript %>;return false" 
       target=_self><%# Container.Text %>
       id="ChannelPropertiesAction1" runat="server">
    <CmsConsole:ErrorConsole runat="server" id="ErrorConsole1">
     <cms:ErrorModeContainer id="ErrorModeContainerFailedChannelDelete1" 
                      runat="server" mode="FailedChannelDelete">
      <b><font color="red">
        <%# Container.Error.Title %>
      <font color="red">Error Details:<br>
       <font size="-2">
        <%# Container.Error.Exception.Message %>
  6. Rebuild your site solution in Visual Studio, and you are all set.


  • V1.0 - 2004.01.24 - Base.
  • V1.1 - 2004.04.08
    • Fixed dialog 404 error when HTML base tag is not rendered by MCMS.
    • Code clean up.
  • V1.2 - 2004.07.10
    • MCMS SP1a compatible.
    • Fixed the missing buttons in the dialog.
    • Split CustomAction.vb into ChannelCreateAction.vb and ChannelDeleteAction.vb.
  • V1.3 - 2004.10.09 - Added an option to create a default page.
  • V1.31 - 2005.07.08 - Renamed the namespaces and updated the installation instructions.
  • V1.4 - 2006.05.16 - Added an ASP.NET 2.0 version.


If a channel is empty, MCMS will render the channel using the default cover page. You will, therefore, need a Channel Rendering script to fully utilize this set of plug-ins. Please see the MCMS documentation, "Creating Channel Rendering Scripts", for details.


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Stephen Huen
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A Microsoft Certified Professional Developer and Technology Specialist.

Experience and expertise in SharePoint 2016 / 2013 / 2010 / 2007.

Role ranges from a developer in a multi-person team to a solution consultant with expert-level skills, leading a project to completion status.

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Comments and Discussions

Questionhow to configure cms Pin
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GeneralAccess denied to 'c:\inetpub\wwwroot\yyy\WebAuthor\web.config'. Failed to start monitoring file changes. Pin
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GeneralRe: Access denied to 'c:\inetpub\wwwroot\yyy\WebAuthor\web.config'. Failed to start monitoring file changes. Pin
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GeneralRe: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object Pin
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GeneralRe: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object Pin
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QuestionDelete menu item? Pin
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AnswerRe: Delete menu item? Pin
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Questiontranslate to c#? Pin
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AnswerRe: translate to c#? Pin
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