Creating Page Layouts using SharePoint Designer

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Dec 8, 2013 (4 years and 5 months ago)


Creating Page Layouts using SharePoint Designer

or Visual Studio

Becky Bertram


MCTS WSS Development

MCTS MOSS Development

What is Web Content Management?

According to Wikipedia:

Web content management system

(WCMS or Web CMS) is
content management system (CMS) software, usually implemented
as a Web application, for creating and managing HTML content. It is
used to manage and control a large, dynamic collection of Web
material (HTML documents and their associated images). A WCMS
facilitates content creation, content control, editing, and many
essential Web maintenance functions.

Usually the software provides authoring (and other) tools designed to
allow users with little or no knowledge of programming languages or
markup languages to create and manage content with relative ease of

What are the main features of a WCM solution?

Provides a system of maintaining large amounts of
content (text), images, and associated digital assets
(such as documents, etc.) to be delivered through the
medium of the Web.

Provides a user interface that allows non
users to maintain and publish content, using pre
determined templates.

Usually involves a publishing process, whereby content
can be approved before it gets published on the site.

Often includes an ability for web content to be
published at a certain time, and conversely removed
from the site at a particular time.

A History of MOSS 2007’s WCM Features

Microsoft purchased a company called nCompass in 2001, and
rebranded its product Microsoft Content Management Server.

Microsoft also released SharePoint Portal Server in 2001, as a web
based document management system and digital dashboard.

Microsoft also released a free add
on to Office 2000, called SharePoint
Team Services, as a web
based collaboration tool.

In 2003, Microsoft renamed STS to Windows SharePoint Services 2.0
(WSS), and merged it with SharePoint Portal Server 2003.

In 2004, the SPS and CMS teams joined together.

In 2007, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server was released, which
including Web Content Management tools and the WCM

Taken from the following blog entry:

Why use MOSS for WCM?

Built on ASP.NET 2.0 and WWF.

SharePoint has tools available for all kinds of users,
whether they’re business users who are modifying
Publishing sites using SharePoint Designer, or Visual
Studio developers who are creating custom solutions.

Highly scalable.

Comes with a content deployment mechanism for
deploying web content between server environments.

The SharePoint Publishing Infrastructure

To use the Web Content Management Features, you
need to activate the Publishing Infrastructure Feature
for a Site Collection.

Among other things, this will provision custom Master
Pages, the Page Layouts infrastructure, a Site
Collection Images Library, and a Site Collection
Documents Library.

Publishing Infrastructure at the Web Level

Each SharePoint “web” must also have the Publishing
Feature activated at the Web level as well.

Activating this Feature provisions a “Pages” library,
where all the web pages for that Web will reside. In
addition, an “Images” library will be provisioned for
that Web as well.

When the Publishing feature is activated, Lists and
Libraries will no longer have a URL of
, but will simply show up as

Site Columns and Content Types

A Site Column, in its most generic sense, is a description of

Is it text, a number, a list of choices?

The column’s title also describes it. Is it a contact’s name, a birthday,
an employee number or what?

A Content Type, in its most generic sense, is a collection of these
smaller definitions… a collection of columns.

For instance, a Business Contact could have a Name column, an
Address Column, and a Customer ID column. A Sweepstakes
Winner could also have a Name and an Address, but they would
have a Winning Number field, and no Contact ID. Because the

of information is the same as the Business Contact, it could
share the same site columns, but the Content Type is defining a
different kind of entity than the Business Contact.

Customer Service Representative Content










Typical SharePoint List View

Better Visual Presentation

Page Layouts

The term for a Publishing Page Template is a
Page Layout.

A Publishing Page Layout is the visual
representation of an underlying SharePoint
list item.

A Page Layout can allow content owners to
edit content in a way that mirrors how the
content will appear on the web site.

Editing a Publishing Page

Page Layout Content Type

File (ASPX
of content)

Content Type

Page Layout

Master Page Gallery


Creating a Publishing Page using SharePoint Designer


Creating a Publishing Page using Visual Studio