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Edit SharePoint Content Page in Visual Studio 2005

  Asked By: Oliver    Date: Jun 04    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1548

I am wondering if I can edit SharePoint content page under VS 2005.

When I tried to use "Open Website" option in VS 2005 to connect a remote
SharePoint server, the VS told me "Visual Web Developer does not
support opening sharepoint web sites. See help for more details"

Any comments?



5 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Osvaldo Winters     Answered On: Jun 04

You cannot open a content  page in VS 2005. You can develop web parts to use on
content pages and you can deploy custom ASPX pages as part of
solutions/features, but these are not Pages in the sense of CMS.

Answer #2    Answered By: Kylie Gill     Answered On: Jun 04

One more question, do I have to install VS on the
SharePoint server computer to develop web part?

Answer #3    Answered By: Brianna Olson     Answered On: Jun 04

That is definitely easier (and it makes it really easy to debug), but it is not

There are tons of articles/blogs on writing custom code in SharePoint, but a
great starting place for web parts is at

Other great resources:

Answer #4    Answered By: Allyson Burgess     Answered On: Jun 04

You can only open the original ghosted pages stored in the 12 hive or
pages that have been downloaded or exported from a site. VS 2005
doesn't understand how to access a page  stored in the database via a URL
address. That's why you get the error you do when try Open Website. If
you download the page from a Pages gallery, edit  it and then re-upload
it you can use VS 2005 to edit the page. But you should be aware that
if you do it this way you won't get a WYSIWYG editor. You will have a
code view.

Although you can edit sharepoint  pages using visual  Studio I really
don't recommend it other than for ghosted pages stored on the 12 hive.
Pages stored in the database should be edited using SharePoint Designer.
It gives a full WYSIWYG editor, a code editor, and full access to Master
pages and CSS style sheets. There is no benefit to be had from editing
pages stored in the database using VS 2005.

Answer #5    Answered By: Anila Bhuva     Answered On: Jun 04

Under my SharePoint Designer, the asp.net code is not highlighted, also
the editor does not prompt me or auto finish my typing like in VS. Did I
do something wrong?

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