IIS Manager provides a lot of extensibility points for developers, one of them is the new Home page or Control Panel. The new Home page allows end users to group their features based on different types of categories, including Area (IIS, ASP.NET and Management) and Category (Application Development, Security, Server Features, etc).
When you are registering a new page for IIS Manager you get to choose where you want your page to be shown, including the option of adding your own category to it. All of this is done through the IControlPanel interface and the related ModulePageInfo, ControlPanelCategoryInfo and ControlPanelCategorization. The following illustration explains what each class represents.
The following code shows how you can register a new page in the IIS Manager Control Panel:
However you can also use any of the existing categories:
You can also provide a categorization category for your page:
Finally you can also create your own categories. Note that you should register your category only once and before using it to register a page, this is important if you are registering a lot of pages from different modules.
You can download the code for this sample:
You can also extend the set of Tasks shown in the Home page, that is done through the IHomepageTaskListProvider or the new HomePageExtension which provides additional support, but I will leave this for a future blog.