Programmatically Update Web Part Properties

Have you ever wanted to give your users access to the personalized properties of a web part through a custom interface built into a web part? In ASP.NET, updating these properties and more importantly persisting the changes was a pretty straight forward process. Unfortunately, the same straight forward techniques can not be used when developing a SharePoint web part.

The code below is a very simple web part inheriting from System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.WebPart. It consists of a TextBox and a Button but it illustrates a complete solution for persisting personalization changes to the SharePoint database programmatically.

using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using Microsoft.SharePoint;
using Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls;
using Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages;

namespace UpdatePropertiesWithCode.UpdateMeWebPart
    public class UpdateMeWebPart : System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.WebPart
        protected TextBox MessageTextBox;
        protected Button SaveButton;

        [Category("My Configuration")]
        [WebDescription("Message to display.")]
        public string Message { get; set; }

        protected override void CreateChildControls()
            MessageTextBox = new TextBox();
            MessageTextBox.Text = this.Message;

            SaveButton = new Button();
            SaveButton.Text = "Save";
            SaveButton.Click += new EventHandler(SaveButtonClick);


        protected void SaveButtonClick(object sender, EventArgs e)
            this.Message = MessageTextBox.Text;

            SPWeb web = SPContext.Current.Web;
            SPFile file = web.GetFile(HttpContext.Current.Request.Url.ToString());
            SPLimitedWebPartManager manager = file.GetLimitedWebPartManager(PersonalizationScope.User);
            System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.WebPart webPart = manager.WebParts[this.ID];
            ((UpdateMeWebPart)webPart).Message = this.Message;

                web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = true;
                web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = false;

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