SharePoint 2010: Unable to see web parts deployment on a seperate server


Okay, we know SharePoint 2010 has a great feature of deployment where you can just press the F5 button to debug or right click and deploy the project on the local server BUT, how about when it comes to deploying the web parts on another server, lets say the production machine?! Well, when I did that for the first time, it was a really tiring and annoying experience. Here’s what happened: I packaged up the web part project, transported it to the other machine, ran the scripts for the deployment – everything was going so smooth until I found out that I just couldn’t see the damn web part anywhere when I tried to Insert them on a page there!!! Naturally, you’d think that okay I’m done deploying the web parts so let’s just add them up on the appropriate page and be done with it. After hours and hours of banging my head with this issue and chat with my friend here in office, Mathias Gustafsson. I finally found out that you need to go and enable the feature first in “The Site Collection Features” section in order to see those web parts. And to make things even worse, I had to to have higher administrative rights to do that, otherwise, you don’t even see the menu given in the screenshot here.

Sharepoint 2010 Site Collection Administration
Sharepoint 2010 Site Collection Administration

In the beginning I was able to install the web parts being the “Owner” of the site collection BUT NO!! To see those web parts in the SharePoint 2010 site and actually put them to some use, you need to be the “Site Administrator” not just the owner. YEAH RIGHT! Very intuitive!! That thing just cost me some 5-6 hours can you imagine that?! Anyways, I hope it helps relieve the pain of some of you out there.