How to Add WebPart to the Publishing Page using PowerShell in SharePoint 2013

Sathish Nadarajan
Solution Architect
December 11, 2013
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As part of the previous article, the next step would be adding a WebPart to the Page which we created. In the same manner, the script is going to be self-explanatory and straight forward. The explanations were in lined.


 # Add PowerShell Snapin
 $snapin = Get-PSSnapin | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq 'Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell'}
 if ($snapin -eq $null) 
     Add-PSSnapin "Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell" 
 # Get the Site URL
 $SiteUrl = "https://MySiteCollectionURL/"
 # Get the Web URL
 $WebUrl = "https://MyWebSiteURL"
 # Get the Page on which WE are going to Add the WebPart
 $PageName = "Test.aspx"
 # The location of the WEbPart Definition File
 $localWebpartPath = "C:\Windows\System32\MyWebPart.webpart"
 # Error Message which is required as a Reference Parameter while Importing the WEbPart
 $errorMsg = "Test Error Message"
 # Initializing the SPSite Object
 $Site = Get-SPSite($SiteUrl)
 # Get an instance for Publishing Site based on SPSite
 $PubSite = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingSite($Site)
 # Get the SPWEb Object
 $Web = Get-SPWeb $WebUrl
 # Get the Publishing Web Based on the SPWeb Object
 $PubWeb = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingWeb]::GetPublishingWeb($Web)
 # The below commented line is to get all the Pages
 # Get only our Page
 $PublishingPage = $PubWeb.GetPublishingPage("https://MyWebURL/Pages/Test.aspx");
 # Make the Web as AllowUnSafeUpdates as true
 $Web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = $true
 # Checkout the Publishing Page
 # Get the LimitedWEbPartManager
 $limitedWebPartManager = $PublishingPage.ListItem.File.GetLimitedWebPartManager([System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.PersonalizationScope]::Shared);
 # Initialize the XmlReaderSettings Object which is required for the XmlReader Object
 $xmlReaderSettings = New-Object System.Xml.XmlReaderSettings
 # Create the XmlReader Object by using the WebPart Definition file and the ReaderSettings Object
 $xmlReader = [System.Xml.XmlReader]::Create($localWebpartPath,$xmlReaderSettings);
 #Add Web Part to catalogs folder and Get the WebPart Definition Object based on the webpart definition xml file     
 $oWebPartDefinition = $limitedWebPartManager.ImportWebPart($xmlReader,[ref]$errorMsg); 
 # Add the WebPart to the WebPartManager by specifing the Zone and the Index.
 # Checkin the Publishing Page
 $PublishingPage.CheckIn("Test Checkin by Sathish");
 # Publish the Page
 $PublishingPage.ListItem.File.Publish("Test Publish By Sathish");
 # Revert the AllowUnsafeUpdates to False once we are done.
 $Web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = $false
 # I was trying to Approve the Page.  But, if the Approve is enabled on the Pages Library level, 
 # then only we can do that.  Otherwise we cannot.  But the Syntax is correct as below.
 # $PageListItem.File.Approve("Page approved automatically by PowerShell script")  


Hope the above scripts will be executing without any problem. If you face any issue, please let me know. Thanks.

Happy Coding.

Sathish Nadarajan.

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Sathish Nadarajan
Solution Architect
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Sathish is a Microsoft MVP for SharePoint (Office Servers and Services) having 13+ years of experience in Microsoft Technologies. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Aided Design and Business more

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