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  Asked By: Stella    Date: Dec 24    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1396

I was wondering if we really need a Master page for an external Company site
as we were able to copy paste our CSS code in to a blank .aspx page and also
able to drag web parts from SharePoint designer. It works in our intranet
site setup.

What are the repercussions of not linking to Master page and just having an
.aspx file?

Do we really need to link to Master page or can we skip this part for
external website.



5 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Vinay Thakur     Answered On: Dec 24

I was wondering if we really need a Master page  for an external  Company site
as we were able to copy  paste our CSS code  in to a blank  .aspx page and also
able to drag  web parts  from sharepoint  designer. It works  in our intranet
site setup.

What are the repercussions of not linking  to master  page and just having an
.aspx file?

Do we really need to link  to Master page or can we skip this part  for
external website.

Answer #2    Answered By: Ian Powell     Answered On: Dec 24

If you are going to use SharePoint data you will need to link  to a
SharePoint Masterpage. Otherwise, many SharePoint webparts are built using
.net 2.0 and can exist outside of SharePoint on a normal .net 2.0 .aspx
page. It all depends on what you are trying to do on the external  site.

Answer #3    Answered By: Osvaldo Winters     Answered On: Dec 24

I am assuming SharePoint data is web  parts and list libraries but we were
able to drag  customize web part  to the .aspx page  which was not created from
master  page and it did worked fine on the internal site.

Is there any difference between opening webpage in internal site and
external site in terms of publishing?

Answer #4    Answered By: Kylie Gill     Answered On: Dec 24

Not all webparts are the same. Some are standalone or use non-sharepoint
databases as the repository for their information. For example, the XML
viewer webpart can be used to reformat an XML datafile for display using an
XSLT transform file. sharepoint  need not be involved. But other webparts
like a calendar webpart are just a window into a SharePoint list. These
won't work on a simple .aspx page  without some reference to the SharePoint
object model etc.

There is no difference between opening a webpage on an internal site and an
external site if they are both running in Sharepoint. There is a difference
between opening an aspx  page that is part  of a SharePoint site and one that
is part of a standard ASP.net website. master  pages in Sharepoint contain a
number of controls that are required for the SharePoint environment. In
order to access Sharepoint data those controls must be there. They are
normally added to a page by associating it with a master page that has those

Do an Internet search on "creating a Sharepoint minimal master" and you will
find more information about this. How did you create your external  page and
are you sure its not referencing a sharepoint master page? When you say
drag a customized webpart I assume you mean using SharePoint Designer. This
can be done with webparts that are in Designer and you can hook some of
these webparts to SharePoint data through calls to a SharePoint XML
webservice. Although it works  this is not the same way that these lists are
accessed inside a sharepoint environment.

Answer #5    Answered By: Brianna Olson     Answered On: Dec 24

Based on your response and reading a lot about minimal master  page, I think
the best way to approach is to start with minimal master page  and add all
basic functionality, to run the web-site fine. Do we need page layout page
to add look and feel to the site or Master page can handle all CSS and look
and feel of the site?

We did import a list and created a blank  page without referencing a Master
page. I am not sure if designer  automatically adds all master page
functionality to the page to run the page ok.

Let me know if this is the right approach?

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