What is master pages in SharePoint ?

SharePoint master pages are similar to layout pages in ASP .net , Its used for creating a unique look and feel for pages. Common elements in SharePoint master pages are,

  • Top Navigation,
  • header,
  • footer ,
  • Site actions .. etc.

When we view a SharePoint page in browser, the content page and master page are merged together and render as single page. Master page ac as a container for the contents in a page.

Master Pages and Content Pages

This illustration will give you an idea about SharePoint master pages and Content pages.

SharePoint Master page and content page

an example for master page is given below,

SharePoint Teamsite

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