Home Page Breakdown
1: The Featured Services area is an images library pulled into the page via a custom Data View web part.
2: The Slider is dynamically pulling content from another images library and is displayed via SPServices
3: The How Do I area is a Data View web part fed by a custom list
4: The Featured area is fed from an images library via a Data View web part
5: The Press Releases feed box is fed from an external .NET admin application via SPServices; each individual Press Release is fed into a SharePoint page via SPServices as well.
6: The What’s New feed box is a listing of Pages pulled via SPServices from the root Pages library that uses a specific Page Layout called “News”.
Use of Third Party Web Part
We purchased the SharePoint Form Web Part in order to create forms based off of lists that work with anonymous access. The Share Your Solutions form was created by first creating a custom list to store the form data. A copy of that list was then created called Archive. I then created a custom workflow that kicks off once the web part adds data to the list that automatically emails the Business Services director the form contents as well as moves the list item from the main list into the archive, which is then secured to authenticated users only. The SharePoint Form web part automatically creates the form fields once attached to a SharePoint list.
If you need simple forms on your public-facing SharePoint site and don’t want to bother a developer, I highly recommend this web part. Just make sure that it is installed and activated on each server before doing a content deploy or backup/restore to a server or it will break your form, even if you activate it after the fact.