Customizing WSS 3.0 with Master Pages
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by Ameet Phadnis
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Content Place Holders in WSS

As I mentioned earlier, you can have multiple Content Place Holders in Master Pages. The Content Place Holders will determine what controls get added to the Content Place Holders. The list of Content Place holders users in SharePoint 2007 and their descriptions can be found at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointdesigner/HA101651201033.aspx. You can also create your own content place holders. At one of the client locations I was tasked with creating an area to display external objects. They also needed it in a completely different location on the Master Page. So I created my own Content Holder and the site definition then declared it and added zones to it. The site definition linking with Master Pages is explained later. One of the issues which I faced while creating my master page was which Place Holders I needed to use. I used some of the Content Holders as mentioned in the above application. Most of the pages worked, but as soon as I tried to add a new item or edit an item to the list it started blowing up. Then I realized that most of the content holders mentioned in the document above are required. So, the rule of thumb is to include all of the content holders on the master page. The placement of the content holders can be changed based on the HTML Design and requirements.


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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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