Andrew Connell

Hiding Empty Content Areas in SharePoint 2007 [WCM] Publishing Sites

Ever had the desire to hide or not render anything on a part of the page when one of your content fields is empty? If not, you will… seems I get this question all the time… it even goes so far back as the Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 days!

I had that need when building out the Critical Path Training site. Our course agenda pages need to have room for lots of modules as each class is very different. Each module contains three elements as shown in Figure 1: a required title, an optional verbose description and a bullet list of the major items covered.

The trick is that not all courses have the same number of modules due to varying lengths. What I needed to do was make sure we could support a ton of modules in a class, but only display those modules that had titles filled in (as that was one of the required fields). If a module didn’t have a title entered, I didn’t want to show anything for that module.

To do this I created a custom server control that had a single public property called ContentFieldToCheck. The control checked to see if this content field contained anything. If it did, it rendered it’s children as normal. Otherwise, it cleared out all the child controls which in this case, were all my module fields. Here’s what the code looks like:

I then wrapped this in an EditModePanel control where it was used only in display mode that SharePoint gives us OOTB ( for more info check this post ):

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.