Oct 9, 2014

Content Search WebPart as a Rotating Banner in SharePoint 2013

Hi Guys,

Content Search Web part is a new web part introduced with SharePoint 2013 in Content Rollup Category. This is mainly used to apply different styling to the dynamic generated content. Here in this post I am going to show you how we can utilize this web part as a Rotating Banner (Picture Carousel). I have taken SharePoint Picture Library is the data source for the Banner.

Create aPicture Library and Upload Some Images

Picture Library Name: LandingPageImages

Upload few Images

Add Content Search Web part on a Page from Content Rollup Category

By default it shows some content. Now we need to map our picture library data source to this webpart by changing the query.

Edit the webpart like below

Click on “Change Query” button in the properties tool pane

And Set these values in the Build Your Query Window

Select a Query: Pictures
This is the data source from where we the web part pulls the content

Restrict By app: Specify a URL and give the url of the landing pages image library (eg :http://mysitename/LandingPageImages)
This is to give the scope  to the result set

Restrict By tag : Don’t Restrict by any tag
This means we are not restricting any content from display

And then Click Ok.  In the Edit Panel Say Apply.

If you see below error that means your newly created picture library is not crawled by search engine.

So go and do the incremental crawl.

Steps: Go to Central Administration àManage Service Applicationsà Search Service Applicationà Manage (in the ribbon)—> Content Sources (From left pane) à Select Local SharePoint Sites (If you are not having particular content source already) àSay Start Incremental Call.

Wait until the crawling has completed.  (Wait until the status becomes Idle for the content source).

Now go back to page and see, Our webpart showing the images in this way.

Now change the properties in the edit pane to show the images in a slider mode.

Set the properties like below No of Items to: 5, Control : Slideshow, Item : Large picture

Now you can see, our content search webpart working as the Image slider..!!!



  1. hi Purna Chander Madugula

    How Can i redirect to specific URL, whene i click on the picture