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  Date: Nov 01    Category: MOSS    Views: 757

I need to change some text in the footer of our default master page. When I go
to save it in designer I get the warning about going outside the site
definition with this customization. What is my best course of action?



6 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered On: Nov 01    

Depends on what you mean by "best" :) What are your objectives/constraints
here? You can copy the site master page and customize that if you want to
avoid the "outside the box" bogeymen.

Answer #2    Answered On: Nov 01    

ok, my constraints are that I want to change the text that has our copyright
info included (to match the upcoming year) and add some analytics code so that
it collects info for every page in the site collection. Does it matter a great
deal if I alter the the footer of the default master page on the live (Intranet)
site? If I just copy it and make a change to the copied version, I have to go
everywhere that master page shows up and point to the new master, right? Sorry I
did not set any of this stuff up and when that guy left it was decided to not
get another useful resource. So I'm trying to become more self-reliant.

Answer #3    Answered On: Nov 01    

To your last question: it depends on whether the subsites have been told
to use a different master page. If not, then you can just change the
master page at the top level and tell it to propagate to all subsites (I
believe it's a checkbox when you change the master in Site Settings).

Of course if the subsites aren't all using the same master page as the
parent site collection, then you'll have to make individual updates at
those levels anyway.

Answer #4    Answered On: Nov 01    

How much of a big deal is it if I do something outside the site
def? We're also handing hosting to all this stuff off to an external vendor who
is upgrading us to 2010 in a few months.

Answer #5    Answered On: Nov 01    

If you're going to do the upgrade, I'd stick with the site def for
now. While I don't know that it would make a huge difference, I'd hate to
be wrong. After the upgrade, you can save off another copy of the original
default master (2010 version) and make the change again if necessary.

Answer #6    Answered On: Nov 01    

His caution is valid. Customized master pages from Moss 2007 do no upgrade
to 2010.
What that typically means is that you have to make the same customization's to a
v4 master (2010 version of the master page) after the upgrade, before any of
your pages will display correctly.

My suggestion is that if
a)you are comfortable making a copy of the master -so you can revert back should
your modification break something
b)you are comfortable making the changes you need in the footer
c)you don't mind repeating (and will have access to make) the changes again
after the upgrade to 2010
d)the proposed upgrade is months away
then go ahead and make the footer change now. Just don't skip step a!

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