Customizing WSS 3.0 with Master Pages
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Published: 04 Sep 2007
Abstract
In this article Ameet explains how to make use of Master Pages to customize the look and feel of the SharePoint site. The author also explains the various components that need to be used in the Master Page.
by Ameet Phadnis
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Introduction

Last year I wrote an article on ASPalliance entitled Working with SharePoint Templates. In that article I explained how we can customize SharePoint templates to brand your website. For that process you needed to know lot of stuff and frankly, if you missed any steps, the whole Template would not work and it would give you errors. With the introduction of Master Pages in ASP.NET 2.0, Microsoft has utilized the same concept into SharePoint 2007. Microsoft has also introduced another tool to allow us to build these Master Pages. In the past it used Microsoft FrontPage. Does it bring back some bad memories? Hold on, I am not going to explain anything about FrontPage, but Microsoft changed the tool to be called SharePoint Designer. SharePoint designer is completely integrated with MOSS. In this article I will explain on how to create Master Pages to customize the look and feel of the complete website.


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User Comments

Title: Edward   
Name: Logo Design
Date: 2012-07-06 4:10:56 AM
Comment:
I am impressed by the quality of information on this website. There are a lot of good resources here. I am sure I will visit this place again soon
Title: ExternalLInks display   
Name: Sam
Date: 2010-04-18 12:22:10 PM
Comment:
hey,
I was wasting sometime when i found something which most of us will tend to make mistake on:
http://baigadil.blogspot.com/2010/04/exterbal-links-in-sharepoint-aspmenu.html
Title: Any way to use Cascading Master pages   
Name: Diwakar
Date: 2008-09-05 5:05:33 PM
Comment:
Is there a way to use Cascading Master pages? The scenario i have is - the root site will have the default master page, the sub site should be able to use their own Master page. I don't want to copy all the contents from the default Master Page and copy it into the Sub site's master page and then add the new stuff. Rather i want to leave the common stuff in the default master page and create the Sub Site master page with new stuff only. And when a page from the Sub site is rendered it uses the combination of two master pages.
Is this possible??
Title: And for wss v3?   
Name: Omar Damiani
Date: 2008-05-02 8:56:04 AM
Comment:
But this works only for MOSS 2007, for wss v3 what do you have to do to create/add a new Master Page?

For wss v3 in the Site Settings you don't have "Master Page" voice in the "Look and Feel" menù (as explained in the "Assigning your Master Page to your site" section of this article...)
Title: great article   
Name: klibey
Date: 2008-04-25 11:32:50 AM
Comment:
you mentioned in the part about adding the sitemap provider to the web.config file...
siteMapFile="Menu.sitemap"

this makes sense, the only thing I am wondering is
where would I drop my sitemap file at?

Thanks for the excellent resource,

Klibey
Title: WSS or Moss   
Name: Manuelito
Date: 2007-09-06 7:51:00 AM
Comment:
Hi,
I think it's about master pages for WSS and MOSS (because you show us snapshots of moss publishing sites)

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