How to create a custom welcome menu SharePoint 2010

This SharePoint 2010 tutorial, we will discuss how to create a custom welcome menu SharePoint 2010.

A few days back I had one requirement where I do not need to show My Site link as well as I want to redirect My Profile link to a different page in the welcome link in SharePoint 2010. Though I am able to add one more link to the welcome menu, I was not able to find a good article about how to remove My profile link.

So what we have decided to do it is: we will go for a custom welcome link where we can have the name, my profile link that will go to a different page, Sign out and Sing in as different user link.

Here is an article on how to create a visual web part in SharePoint 2010.

After that here is the .aspx code:

Welcome, <asp:PlaceHolder ID="placeHolderWelcomeName" runat="server"></asp:PlaceHolder>
<asp:HyperLink ID="hylnkMyProfile" runat="server" NavigateUrl= “~/_layouts/SharePointUserNameTest/mycustompage.aspx">My Profile</asp:HyperLink><br />
<asp:HyperLink ID="hylnkSignInDifferentUser" runat="server" NavigateUrl="<%$SPurl:~SiteCollection/_layouts/closeConnection.aspx?loginasanotheruser=true%>">Sign in as a Different User</asp:HyperLink><br />
<asp:HyperLink ID="hylnkSignOut" runat="server" NavigateUrl="<%$SPurl:~SiteCollection/_layouts/signout.aspx%>">Sign Out</asp:HyperLink>

And the .cs code:

protected void Page_PreRender(object sender, EventArgs e)
//Get the name
PostCacheSubstitutionText welcomeText = new PostCacheSubstitutionText();
welcomeText.TextType = PostCacheSubstitutionTextType.UserName;

Here in the above code we are getting the user name by the code.

As also you can see My Profile link is pointing to a different custom application page rather than to the existing My Profile page.

The 3rd hyperlink is the Sign in as a Different User link, You just need to call closeConnection.aspx page with a query string parameter as loginasanotheruser=true.

The 4th link is for Sign out which is responsible for sign out and here we are calling the default SharePoint signout.aspx page.

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I hope this SharePoint tutorial helps to learn how to create a custom welcome menu in SharePoint 2010 using the SharePoint visual web part and SharePoint server object model.

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