SharePoint 2010 - Content Query for Blog Posts

I hope this post will help many of you feel comfortable with using the Content Query Web Part.

In this post I will walk you through the process of creating a content query web part and configuring it to show custom field types. I will also give details on how to use XSLT to stylize and format the data being pulled.

I will be using the following scenario as an example. Say that you had a site collection with a top level publishing site. This publishing site would display a the most recent blog posts from all blog sites within its own site collection.

To solve this problem we will use a Content Query Web Part and a customized ItemStyle.xsl using XSLT.

Please note that the “SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure” needs to be enabled at the site collection to display the content query web part.

Step 1: Add a Content Query Web Part to Page

  • Navigate to the site that you want the blog posts to show up and click on edit page.
  • Under Editing Tools in the Ribbon, Click on insert > Web Part
  • Under the Content Rollup Category Click on Content Query
  • Then Click on the Add Button
  • Now that you have a CQWP on the page edit the web part


  • Expand open the “Query” properties
  • Since we will be just showing blog post in this query choose the following
    • List Type: Posts
    • Content Type Group: List Content Types
    • Content Type: Post
  • You should get a result like the following.


  • Next we will configure the web part to pull in additional values from the blog posts.
    • Title – linked to post
    • Date – with standard formatting
    • Body – Rich text
    • Author
    • Number of Comments
    • Categories

Step 2: Configure Web Part

  • Click on web part arrow and choose “Export”
  • Save the .webpart file to your desktop
  • Edit the “Content_Query.webpart” file in Notepad
  • Search for "CommonViewFields”
  • Replace the default “<property name="CommonViewFields" type="string" />” with the following:

<property name="CommonViewFields" type="string">Title, Text;PublishedDate, DateTime;Body, RichHTML;Author, Text;NumComments, Lookup;PostCategory, Lookup;</property>

  • Here are the available Field Types that can be used
    • Text
    • Note
    • Number
    • Currency
    • Integer
    • Boolean
    • DateTime
    • Threading
    • Lookup
    • Choice
    • URL
    • Counter
    • RichHTML
    • Image
  • When creating your own there are a few rules.
    • First off you need to separate each custom field type by a semi colon (Ex: Title, Text;Editor, Text)
    • There cannot be a space after the semi colon
  • Save the .webpart file
  • Edit the page again and choose Inster Web Part
  • It’s a little hard to find but click on the Upload a Web Part and browse for the custom .webpart file.


  • Click on Upload
  • Now when you click on Insert webpart you will see a category of imported webparts.
  • Click on Add button.
  • Now you will not see a difference but now the webpart has been configured to display these custom columns.

Step 3: Configure ItemStyle.xsl

  • Click on View All Site Content > Style Library > XSL Style Sheets
  • Download the itemstyle.xsl file
  • Add the following to the top of the file


  • At the very bottom of the xsl file add the following template

  <xsl:template name="BlogPost" match="Row[@Style='BlogPost']" mode="itemstyle">
        <xsl:variable name="SafeLinkUrl">
            <xsl:call-template name="OuterTemplate.GetSafeLink">
                <xsl:with-param name="UrlColumnName" select="'LinkUrl'"/>
        <xsl:variable name="DisplayTitle">
            <xsl:call-template name="OuterTemplate.GetTitle">
                <xsl:with-param name="Title" select="@Title"/>
                <xsl:with-param name="UrlColumnName" select="'LinkUrl'"/>
        <div class="custom_posttitle">
            <xsl:call-template name="OuterTemplate.CallPresenceStatusIconTemplate"/>
            <a href="{$SafeLinkUrl}" title="{@LinkToolTip}">
              <xsl:if test="$ItemsHaveStreams = 'True'">
                <xsl:attribute name="onclick">
                  <xsl:value-of select="@OnClickForWebRendering"/>
              <xsl:if test="$ItemsHaveStreams != 'True' and @OpenInNewWindow = 'True'">
                <xsl:attribute name="onclick">
                  <xsl:value-of disable-output-escaping="yes" select="$OnClickTargetAttribute"/>
              <xsl:value-of select="$DisplayTitle"/>
    <xsl:variable name="StartDate">
        <xsl:value-of select="ddwrt:FormatDateTime(string(@PublishedDate), 1033, 'g')" />
    <div class="custom_date">
            <xsl:value-of select="$StartDate" />
    <div class="custom_description">
            <xsl:value-of select="@Body" disable-output-escaping="yes" />
        <table class="custom_postdetails" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
                <td class="custom_author">
                        By: <xsl:value-of select="@Author" /> |
                <td class="custom_comments">
                        Comments: <xsl:value-of select="@NumComments" /> |
                <td class="custom_category">
                        Category: <xsl:value-of select="@PostCategory" />

  • Save the file and upload it to back up to the style library

Step 4: Apply Custom XSL style to content query

  • Modify the Content Query Web Part again
  • Expand open The Presentation Category
  • Choose the custom “BlogPost” style
  • Save the page and you should now see the blog post with the following data and format.


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