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Using home.aspx vs. default.aspx in SP 2010

    Question

  • Is it better to use home.aspx with SP 2010 since it came out of the box? Would using default.aspx have any impact on our sites if we use that since it was carried over from 2007? We did notice some differences between the 2 and are still new to SP so we are just trying to help get an idea of the two and which is the better route to take.

    Thanks for the help!

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:37 PM

Answers

  • No need to hack URL and all. SharePoint 2010 still has a default.aspx in it with the path http:\webapp\sitename\default.aspx. You may use it if reqd

    1. Open your site in SharePoint Designer 2010.
    2. Click on "All Files" from Navigation.
    3. You would see "default.aspx" at the end of the All files list on the right panel.
    4. Right click "default.aspx"  and select "Set as Home Page" option from the menu.
    5. Type in http:\webapp\sitename\ , you would see the default.aspx open automatically

     

    • Marked as answer by Wayne Fan Friday, September 02, 2011 1:59 AM
    Thursday, August 25, 2011 8:35 PM

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  • If the site you are working on has multiple pages, you can choose which page in the site is the home page (also known as the welcome page) for the site.  To select a page to be the home page, navigate to that page and switch to the Page ribbon. If you have sufficient permissions on the site, you see the Make Homepage button in the Page Actions section of the ribbon. To make the page the home page, click the Make Homepage button and confirm the action in the pop-up prompt that shows up. Alternatively, in publishing sites, click the Welcome Page link in the Look and Feel section of the site. This selection opens the Site Welcome Page setting page, which enables you to specify which page should be opened . Simply type in the link or use the Browse button to browse to the page in the site that you want to be the home page.

    Since you are moving from MOSS 2007 to SP 2010, I would suggest you to use default.aspx as home page since the users are more familiar with it.

     

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:44 PM
  • Thank you for your response. Sorry I was not clear that we are not migrating from 2007.

    In SP 2010 we are trying to create a team template and were advised to hack the URL to replace /sitepages/home.aspx to read /default.aspx and set it as the homepage. However, since home.aspx is the default for a team site in SP 2010, should we change our approach to base our template on home.aspx?

    Thank you!

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:43 PM
  • No need to hack URL and all. SharePoint 2010 still has a default.aspx in it with the path http:\webapp\sitename\default.aspx. You may use it if reqd

    1. Open your site in SharePoint Designer 2010.
    2. Click on "All Files" from Navigation.
    3. You would see "default.aspx" at the end of the All files list on the right panel.
    4. Right click "default.aspx"  and select "Set as Home Page" option from the menu.
    5. Type in http:\webapp\sitename\ , you would see the default.aspx open automatically

     

    • Marked as answer by Wayne Fan Friday, September 02, 2011 1:59 AM
    Thursday, August 25, 2011 8:35 PM