One of my customers requested their Lotus Notes homepage to be revised. There are so many ideas that we cannot wait for Project Vulcan :)

After a small brain storming, we decided to investigate any opportunities to design Lotus Notes homepage database with XPages...

I tried to set an XPage as homepage but it failed. Then, an idea came in...

I designed a composite application which contains a couple of XPages and it can be configured as a Home Page!

Anyone tried that before? It seems to be loading slow at the beginning but seems to be useable...

Serdar Basegmez   |   August 11 2010 10:56:42 AM   |    Development  Lotus Notes  XPages    |  
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Graeme Gilbertson       06/02/2014 3:27:17 AM

Still trying to get this to work in 9.01!

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Ljubisha       07/07/2011 9:23:47 AM

I see this is little bit old, but i started something similar to this. I have a bunch of applications for a client that have one Start Page, and when a user opens that page they have the bunch of links to applications to go to. Now, i can add the static links, and it all works fine. But that is not very efficient, meaning, when i transfer the apps on their server, i will have to change all the links with their filepaths on that server. So i need to somehow to compute the link to open a database like it is done in Page Hotspot: @Command([FileOpenDatabase];@Environment("NameOfFilePath"): @Environment("NameOfServer"))

I have been struggling with this for a while now, so i would very much appreciate it if someone helped me :)


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Serdar Basegmez    08/12/2010 4:10:04 AM

I will implement this for a limited number of users and keep all posted about it...

Thank you all :)

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Tony Austin    08/11/2010 9:53:20 PM

Yeah, I too would be interested in this! Keep posting about it, anybody who knows or has time to experiment ...

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David Leedy    08/11/2010 12:31:47 PM

Simon -

I haven't tried it in a while... but it seemed very "iffy" in getting that to work. I struggled and struggled at lotusphere... and at somepoint it just started working. This was 8.5.1 I believe. I'll try again.

Serdar - I don't know much about composite apps. I'm more interested in pure XPages to get the exact same experience on the web as the client. But if your approach is more reliable I'd sure be interested to read about it.


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Serdar Basegmez    08/11/2010 11:30:57 AM


In my case, I think composite application provides an easy transition, because there is an existing application running. Probably I won't have to redesign some parts.

But I am concerned about the performance and compatibility, indeed.

What Jeremy did seems excellent BTW.


I tried that, but instead of opening XPage, it starts the database default navigator, even I set 'launch' property to XPage...

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Simon O’Doherty    08/11/2010 11:25:47 AM

XPages will work as a home page.

You need to create a bookmark in the OPEN bar, then right click that and set it as a homepage.

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David Leedy    08/11/2010 11:19:05 AM

I played with this at lotusphere last year. I had some difficulty setting an XPage to be the homepage but it did seem to work at one point.

I wanted to create what Jeremy ended up doing:

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I've not gone back to the xpage as a homepage thing yet but would be interesting in what you've found out about this. Even if it does mean composite apps.. :-)