Error opening default.aspx in SharePoint Designer 2007

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  • Error opening default.aspx in SharePoint Designer 2007 George2

    I am using SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise. I am using SharePoint Designer 2007 to open default.aspx under Pages sub-folder (selecting edit page layout in SharePoint designer 2007) of a site, but welcomesplash.aspx displays other than default.aspx itself, why?

  • Well, it sounds like you are using the publishing features of MOSS. With the publishing features you have a page layout that is applied to a page. You will not be able to edit this page directly except through the UI by adding webparts or changing values in the field controls. When you try to edit a page that is using a page layout in SP Designer, it will ask you if you just want to edit the page layout. This is by design.

  • Also be aware that editing master pages, page layouts and pages in SharePoint designer will customize (old jargon: unghost) that page.

    Doing this on a publishing site will cause you a world of pain in upgrade and/or rebranding scenarios.

    Changes to for example page layouts should be done in the feature that deploys that page.

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