MOSS4 / Create Minimal Master Page for SharePoint

SharePoint team and Project server team at Maven Infosoft has great experience of creating web application based on MOSS 2007 and Project server 2007. That includes customization and development of webpart, site definitions, theme development, extension development, module creation. The team has developed CRM application, Job portal, Project management, to CMS applications based on MOSS 2007 and project server 2007.

Team would like to share same experience. This can help who wanted to begin with the sharePoint development and Project Server development.

There are list of articles start with SP and from number 1 to … Always start with the article SP1 and read next article to start working on MOSS easily and quickly.

How to Create Minimal Master Page for MOSS:

Go to Site Action -> Site setting -> Modify All Site Settings.

Then you will see the following screen. Then click on

Galleries -> Master pages and page layouts

You will see page as following image.

Click on default.master, it opens pop up then click send to -> Download a Copy

Save it to local drive. Rename defalt.master to maven.master. (Your referred name)

Then click on upload link.

Create Minimal Master Page

On clicking upload link following page will be displayed. Click browse, select .master file we have renamed and click ok.

Create Minimal Master Page

After clicking Ok, you will see following page. Select Content Type Publishing Master Page. Add the name and description. And click check in.

Create Minimal Master Page

Click on maven.master. we will see popup menu. Click on check out to make master page writable. Then click on maven.master, from popup click edit in Microsoft office sharepoint designer.

Create Minimal Master Page

This will open sharepoint server. Give the username and password of the site. The code of the current maven.master will be open.

Create Minimal Master Page

Replace code of the current maven.master with following code.

<%– Identifies this page as a .master page written in Microsoft Visual C# and registers tag prefixes, namespaces, assemblies, and controls. –%>
<%@ Master language=”C#” %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN” “”>
<%@ Import Namespace=”Microsoft.SharePoint” %>
<%@ Register Tagprefix=”SPSWC” Namespace=”Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.WebControls” Assembly=”Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c” %>
<%@ Register Tagprefix=”SharePoint” Namespace=”Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls” Assembly=”Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c” %>
<%@ Register Tagprefix=”WebPartPages” Namespace=”Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages” Assembly=”Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c” %>
<%@ Register Tagprefix=”PublishingWebControls” Namespace=”Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.WebControls” Assembly=”Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c” %>
<%@ Register Tagprefix=”PublishingNavigation” Namespace=”Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.Navigation” Assembly=”Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c” %>
<%@ Register TagPrefix=”wssuc” TagName=”Welcome” src=”~/_controltemplates/Welcome.ascx” %>
<%@ Register TagPrefix=”wssuc” TagName=”DesignModeConsole” src=”~/_controltemplates/DesignModeConsole.ascx” %>
<%@ Register TagPrefix=”PublishingVariations” TagName=”VariationsLabelMenu” src=”~/_controltemplates/VariationsLabelMenu.ascx” %>
<%@ Register Tagprefix=”PublishingConsole” TagName=”Console” src=”~/_controltemplates/PublishingConsole.ascx” %>
<%@ Register TagPrefix=”PublishingSiteAction” TagName=”SiteActionMenu” src=”~/_controltemplates/PublishingActionMenu.ascx” %>
<%– Uses the Microsoft Office namespace and schema. –%>
<WebPartPages:SPWebPartManager runat=”server”/>
<SharePoint:RobotsMetaTag runat=”server”/>

<%– The head section includes a content placeholder for the page title and links to CSS and ECMAScript (JScript, JavaScript) files that run on the server. –%>
<head runat=”server”>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder runat=”server” id=”head”>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderPageTitle” runat=”server” />
<Sharepoint:CssLink runat=”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderAdditionalPageHead” runat=”server” />

<%– When loading the body of the .master page, SharePoint Server 2007 also loads the SpBodyOnLoadWrapper class. This class handles .js calls for the master page. –%>
<body onload=”javascript:_spBodyOnLoadWrapper();”>
<%– The SPWebPartManager manages all of the Web part controls, functionality, and events that occur on a Web page. –%>
<form runat=”server” onsubmit=”return _spFormOnSubmitWrapper();”>
<wssuc:Welcome id=”explitLogout” runat=”server”/>
<PublishingSiteAction:SiteActionMenu runat=”server”/>
<PublishingWebControls:AuthoringContainer id=”authoringcontrols” runat=”server”>
<PublishingConsole:Console runat=”server” />
<%– The PlaceHolderMain content placeholder defines where to place the page content for all the content from the page layout. The page layout can overwrite any content placeholder from the master page. Example: The PlaceHolderLeftNavBar can overwrite the left navigation bar. –%>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderMain” runat=”server” />
<asp:Panel visible=”false” runat=”server”>
<%– These ContentPlaceHolders ensure all default SharePoint Server pages render with this master page. If the system master page is set to any default master page, the only content placeholders required are those that are overridden by your page layouts. –%>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderSearchArea” runat=”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderTitleBreadcrumb” runat=”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea” runat=”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderLeftNavBar” runat=”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder ID=”PlaceHolderPageImage” runat=”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder ID=”PlaceHolderBodyLeftBorder” runat=”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder ID=”PlaceHolderNavSpacer” runat=”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder ID=”PlaceHolderTitleLeftBorder” runat=”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder ID=”PlaceHolderTitleAreaSeparator” runat=”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder ID=”PlaceHolderMiniConsole” runat=”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderCalendarNavigator” runat =”server” />
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderLeftActions” runat =”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderPageDescription” runat =”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderBodyAreaClass” runat =”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderTitleAreaClass” runat =”server”/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id=”PlaceHolderBodyRightMargin” runat=”server” />

Above code is default code for any master pages. Whatever our design we need, code it in this file. There is one content place holder which holds the page layout.

Save the file. Then go to master page and layouts page from the site as follows.

Create Minimal Master Page

Click on maven.master and click check in. This will open following page. Select Major Version (publish). And click open.

Create Minimal Master Page

Again click maven.master and click Approve/Reject from popup. And click approve.

Create Minimal Master Page

To change the master page of current site, go to;

Site action -> site settings -> modify all settings

Look and Feel -> Master page

This will open following form,

Create Minimal Master Page

Select maven.master.
This will apply maven.master to current site.

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