Enhanced Promoted Links for SharePoint 2010



Its been a while since my last post so I decided that it would be a good idea to provide some new community content.  As you are all well aware, SharePoint 2013 has been shown to the world and one of the features that have come along with the preview was something known as Promoted Links.  In SharePoint 2013 this is a custom list type with a specific view on the list that showed you your links in a nice enhanced manner with some javascript goodness.  I really liked this functionality so I decided to not only create it for SharePoint 2010 usage but i also enhanced the implementation.

SharePoint 2013 Version

Here is a screenshot of what the OOTB SharePoint 2013 version of the Promoted Links looks like.

As you can see its a very clean and nice Metro Windows 8 style interface.

LifeInSharePoint Edition

So what is new in the LifeInSharePoint Edition?

  1. Sandbox Solution (Works with SharePoint Online / SharePoint 2013)
  2. Reordering enabled like the OOTB Links List (Single post deployment step required)
  3. Customise the Background colour of the blocks using the WebPart Settings.
  4. Custom Link Titles using the WebPart Settings.
  5. Integration with Font Awesome.  If you cannot find a suitable image try one of the hundred odd icons from the inbuilt font.



To download this webpart please visit our Codeplex site and if you like it please leave a good review :)


To use the new Promoted Links WebPart first download and upload the solution to your site collection.  After you have activated the feature you are able to create a new list from the LifeInSharePoint – Promoted Links list definition.  Once you have created the list please modify the default view and and enable the radio button “Allow users to order items in this view?”  After this you are then able to add the WebPart onto the Page and configure the webpart to point to your newly created list.


As you can see the new version is as close as I could get to the SharePoint 2013 version with my own LifeInSharePoint enhancements.  Should you have any issues or identify any bugs please let me know via the comments.  Really hope you all like it :)

I am the SharePoint Development Lead at ICS Solutions Ltd. As well as broad knowledge in SharePoint 2007, 2010 & 2013 my specialities lie with SharePoint Branding, WebPart Development and JQuery integration.

13 Comments on "Enhanced Promoted Links for SharePoint 2010"

  1. SK says:

    Thank you so much for this nice work you are doing. Actually I have installed the LifeInSharePoint.PromotedLinks.wsp , and it is working perfectly fine, but I am just having one issue, after activating the feature and When i try to create any list/pages/library I am getting an error “Save Conflict Your changes conflict with those made concurrently by another user.” Can you please suggest.

    Thank you

  2. Daniel says:

    Hi Christopher,

    I realy love your work, nice job! I have just one question, some Users have the Problem that they dont see the Enhanced Promoted Links, instead it looks like a blue box with some Text in it. Here is a screenshot of the Problem: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/152/notgoodlooking.png/
    What have to be enabled to see your Links? Only Javascript or some other features?



  3. Matthias says:

    After installation the solution i can´ t see any folder “LifeInSharePoint.Metro” in 14-hive. The website-collection icon feature ist empty, also other icons, selected on list items with the field “link icon”.

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  5. Dan says:

    Hi Christopher

    Firstly huge thanks for all the work you are doing with SP! Absolutely love the themes and webparts!

    I am getting the same issue as SK on this where I get a save conflict with another user. Any ideas?


  6. Anthony Burgess says:

    Great web part, really enhances my SharePoint 2010 site. Thanks for doing it. One thing: can the width of the image be adjusted? It seems to set the width to a default size no matter what the width of the original image.

  7. Eddy says:

    Hi Chris,

    I have the same error as Dan and SK when I creating a new site it giving me the error “Save Conflict Your changes conflict with those made concurrently by another user”.

    And when I saw you post said – Once you have created the list please modify the default view and and enable the radio button “Allow users to order items in this view?” So I have turn on the option and now I can create a new site.

    Do you know why is this happen?

  8. Kristof says:

    In order to make this solution work for every of your users you need to check in the resource files in /Style Library

    See the following video http://youtu.be/VtO4pSO8SYo

  9. Trung says:

    Dear Mr Christopher ,
    I have the same problem with Daniel. I can’t find the LifeInSharePoint – Promoted Links list in my list definition. So , i created my own list with your columns but it didn’t show like yours , it showed like Daniel.
    Please help me
    Regards ,

  10. Thanks for raising this..i will look into it for you.

  11. darren says:


    After applying this it works great but only for me as a user. how do I fix for all?

  12. Would you be able to provide me some more information about how it doesn’t work for others?

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