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Creating and Modifying Web Pages in Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010

Changing the Home Page for a Web Site

Each site has a home page. This is the page—such as http://wideworldimporters—that is displayed in your browser when you type the URL of a site and do not specify a particular page. On a newly created team site or enterprise Wiki site, the home page is configured as Home.aspx. On other SharePoint sites, such as a publishing site, a Visio Process Repository site, a Group Work Site, or a document workspace, the home page is Default.aspx. On a publishing site, the home page is also known as the Welcome page because it’s the page that welcomes a visitor to the site.

Once a SharePoint site is created, you can change the home page by using SharePoint Designer or, on a site on which the Publishing feature is enabled, from the site settings page. When you need to completely redesign your home page, you should create your new home page by using a different page than the page that is the current home page. Once you complete your redesign, you can then make your new page the home page of your site.

Assuming that you save your new page in the Site Pages library, there are several ways to complete this task:

  • On the Site Pages gallery page, select your new page and then, on the Pages tab, click Set As Home Page in the Actions group.

  • On the Site Pages gallery page or mini-gallery, right-click your new page and then click Set As Home Page.

  • In the All Files gallery page or mini-gallery, navigate to where your new page is stored, right-click your new page, and then click Set As Home Page.

  • On your new page’s settings page, on the Pages tab, click Set As Home Page in the Actions group.

In this exercise, you change the home page for a site and then test that the change is implemented successfully. You will then reset the site’s home page.

  1. In the Navigation pane, click Site Pages to display the gallery page, and then click the icon to the left of the page that you want to set as the home page, such as Home_copy(1).aspx.

  2. httpatomoreillycomsourcemspimages1806263.jpg On the Pages tab, click Set as Home Page in the Actions group.

    The icon to the left of Home_copy(1).aspx displays a little house.

  3. Right-click Home_copy(1).aspx, and then click Preview in Browser.

    A browser window opens and displays Home_copy(1).aspx.

  4. Under the site icon, click Home.

    The Home_copy(1).aspx page is displayed again.

  5. In the ribbon, click the Page tab, and then click View All Pages in the Page Library group.

    The All Pages view of the Site Pages library is displayed.

  6. Under the Name column, click Home to display the Home.aspx page.

  7. On the ribbon, click the Page tab, and then click Make Homepage in the Page Actions group. A dialog box opens. Click OK to restore Home.aspx as the home page for the site.