Step by Step: Customize a SharePoint Article Page Layout

Written by Denis Stadler on . Posted in Publishing Feature, SharePoint 2010

In a previous post I have tried to display some SharePoint pages examples built with the standard Article Page Layouts. With this one I’m going to show you how to add a custom column to the Article Page content type and how to use it on the sites pages.

So, let’s create a site column. Please go to Site Setting -> Site Columns (below Galleries).

Click the Create button. On the new page please complete the column details (name, description, type etc.) and the click Ok. 

Now, go back to the Site Settings page and click on the Site Content Types (it is located below Galleries). Scroll down to the Page Layout Content Types and click on the Article Page link.

It is time to add the column created earlier to this content type. Please click on the Add from existing site columns button.


Press Ok and you should see your column in the Article Page Content Type columns list.

In order to use it we still have to add this column the the page layout design. So, please open Share Point Designer and the root site of your site collection.

I will edit the ArticleLeft.aspx – a page layout which corresponds to the Article Page content type. There is no rocket science here. After you open and check-out the file just click on the Insert section (from the Ribbon) and then: SharePoint -> Show Toolbox.

Just insert the custom field where ever you want it within the page layout. After that save the page, check it in, publish it and approve it.

If everything is fine when you edit a page which is using the modified page layout you should see the custom column within the SharePoint Page.

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Comments (4)

  • Jay Hart

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    I have question when a person clicks new site or new page in the actions, and you select publishing site, then you type your name, description, logo… I would like to add another column in the settings to be required like phone number. Would I do this with a new content placeholder if possible, or create a site column on a page layout?

    Thank you
    Jay

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    • Denis Stadler

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      The site has a title, a description and an URL. To add another column here, at the site level and to be used when creating a new SharePoint site, to be honest I haven’t tried.

      If you need to add it at the page level, just create a site column called Telephone and then added to the page layout as it is described into the article. This works for a site which has Publishing Feature enabled, which requires Publishing Infrastructure feature to be enabled at the site collection level.

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  • andrew w

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    Hey Denis

    Nice article, i’m new to sharepoint and got lots of ideas for our school site but no experience. I want to adjust our news article layout to include 4-6 thumbnails instead of the one. Any step by steps I can use to help with this? I only understand some parts of the code, but follow the reference for the actual image, but how do I put another in there? Do I just adjust the columns in the column view section (for the user benefit) so they can upload several thumbnails.

    Any help is appreciated.

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    • Denis Stadler

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      Could you please tell me what you wish to accomplish so I could help you?

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