Simple way to copy web part personalization info from one page to another.

There may be a more elegant solution, but I’ve found that I can slightly extend the SqlPersonalizationProvider class provided by Fredrik Normen (see:  to effectively copy personalization information from one page to another. 


My need was fairly specific, and the code below reflects that. However, I’m sure the concept can be generalized and applied to other situations.  Note, for example, that the solution given here applies specifically to “user” scoped personalization.


In my case, I have a single template page that starts out empty of parts, and this is loaded programmatically with content-specific parts by a user selecting items from a treeview.  When the user has filled the page with content as desired, they can click on a “copy” function that saves the contents of the template to another target page (which they can name and navigate to later).  This target page is actually a single aspx,  but personalized on the raw url as shown by Fredrik.  I give the page a unique url using a guid, as in “target.aspx?p=<guid>”.


The web-part zones in both the source and target pages need to utilize the same names.  You can use a masterpage for this, but it’s not strictly necessary.


The key aspect is that the personalization Blob for the template page is kept in Session state at all times, via SavePersonalizationBlob(). 


When the “Copy” function is executed, it triggers the copy as follows:


protected void btnCopy_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)


string newPageUrl = “~\NewPage.aspx?id=” + Guid.NewGuid().ToString();


newPageUrl = newPageUrl.Replace("~", Request.ApplicationPath);


      Session[newPageUrl] = "CopyTemplateView";





Doing the redirect ensures the copy is performed immediately (and incidentally gives the user nice feedback that the copy worked!)




 * Author: Fredrik Normén - NSQUARED2

 * Copyright: 2004


 * blog:

 * mail:


 * Extended by DouglasG for template copying





using System;

using System.Data;

using System.Configuration;

using System.Web;

using System.Web.Security;

using System.Web.UI;

using System.Web.UI.WebControls;

using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;

using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;



public class SqlPersonalizationProvider : System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.SqlPersonalizationProvider


        private string GetPath




                HttpContext context = HttpContext.Current;


                if (context == null)

                    throw new HttpException("Context can not be Null");


                HttpRequest request = context.Request;

                if (request == null)

                    throw new HttpException("The current Context's Request property can not be Null");


                return request.RawUrl;





        protected override void LoadPersonalizationBlobs(WebPartManager webPartManager, string path, string userName, ref byte[] sharedDataBlob, ref byte[] userDataBlob)


            string templatePath = HttpContext.Current.Request.ApplicationPath + "/TemplateView.aspx";


            if (HttpContext.Current.Session[this.GetPath] != null && HttpContext.Current.Session[this.GetPath].ToString() == "CopyTemplateView")


                Byte[] dataBlob = (Byte[])HttpContext.Current.Session[templatePath];

                base.SavePersonalizationBlob(webPartManager, this.GetPath, userName, dataBlob);




            base.LoadPersonalizationBlobs(webPartManager, this.GetPath, userName, ref sharedDataBlob, ref userDataBlob);


            if (this.GetPath == templatePath)


                HttpContext.Current.Session[this.GetPath] = userDataBlob;





        protected override void ResetPersonalizationBlob(WebPartManager webPartManager, string path, string userName)


            base.ResetPersonalizationBlob(webPartManager, this.GetPath, userName);




        protected override void SavePersonalizationBlob(WebPartManager webPartManager, string path, string userName, byte[] dataBlob)


            base.SavePersonalizationBlob(webPartManager, this.GetPath, userName, dataBlob);


            string templatePath = HttpContext.Current.Request.ApplicationPath + "/TemplateView.aspx";


            if (this.GetPath == templatePath)


                HttpContext.Current.Session[this.GetPath] = dataBlob;





        public override int GetCountOfState(PersonalizationScope scope, PersonalizationStateQuery query)


            if ((HttpContext.Current != null) && (HttpContext.Current.Handler is Page))


                Page page = (Page)HttpContext.Current.Handler;

                WebPartManager webPartManager = WebPartManager.GetCurrentWebPartManager(page);

                if (webPartManager != null)


                    query.PathToMatch = this.GetPath;

                    return base.GetCountOfState(scope, query);




            return base.GetCountOfState(scope, query);




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