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, 13 Feb 2005
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How to add support to master page programming?

Sample Image - MasterPage.jpg


In this article, we can see a simple solution for the master page coding . In future, update to framework 2 will be simple, since the solution is very similar to the new framework design.

Using the code

All we need to do for the master-page to work is:

  • Derive our page from the master page.
  • Enclose all the page in a tag named "content".
  • Leave the form name "Form1", as it come by default.
  • Use a user control as the master, and include in its HTML code asp:placeholder named "ContentPlaceHolder".

How does it work?

The master user control, has a tree of controls, one of them is the placeholder named "ContentPlaceHolder". On the other hand, the page itself has a tree of controls, one of them is the "content" (actually it has a tree under the list: Form1->content).

The process is:

  • Take the content, and move it under the placeholder in the master user control.
  • Take the hole master user control and move it to under the Form.

That is all.

The code

The Master Page code:

public class MasterPage : System.Web.UI.Page
        public MasterPage() : base()
            this.Init +=new EventHandler(MasterPage_PreInit);
        private void MasterPage_PreInit(object sender, EventArgs e)
            //LOAD TEMPLATE
            //Replace path with aplication parameter!

            UserControl template = 

            //LOAD CONTENT

            Control content = this.FindControl("content");





Here is a Master User Control. The only thing we must do is to include the placeholder named ContentPlaceHolder.

<%@Control Codebehind="MasterTemplate.ascx.cs" 
           Inherits= "MasterPage.MasterTemplate" ... %>
<TABLE id="Table1"  runat="server">
      <TD height="22" align="center">This Is The Header</TD>

   <TD vAlign="top" align="right"> 
     <tableid="table2" runat="server">
           <asp:placeholder id="ContentPlaceHolder" 
      <tr height= "10>
               Runat= "server">Fatal error...</asp:label>

  <tr height="10"> 
     <td align="center">This Is The Bottom</td>  

And here is the page. All the code rendered in the BODY must be enclosed in a tag named content.

<%@ Page ...  %>
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" >
        <form id="Form1" method="post" runat="server">
            <asp:panel id="content" runat="server" HorizontalAlign="Center">
                <asp:Calendar id="Calendar1" runat="server" ... ></asp:Calendar>

And here is the page code behind. The only thing we must do is to derive it from the base page, MasterPage.

public class WebForm1 : MasterPage

Move to ASP.NET 2

To change our code to run under the new framework we will need to:

  • remove the call to the method MasterPage_PreInit.
  • call
    Page.MasterPagePage.MasterPageFile = "~/MasterPage.master";

Or add in the page directive:

<%@ Page MasterPageFile="~/MasterPage.master" ... %>

The new view of Master Page in ASP.NET 2:

Look in ASP 2

Other articles obout master page:


The code in this article is based on a presentation of Alik Levin from Microsoft.

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Comments and Discussions

GeneralValidators not working Pinmembertoxaq27-Mar-06 12:52 
GeneralRe: Validators not working Pinmembertoxaq27-Mar-06 15:38 
GeneralRe: Validators not working PinmemberMuhammad Shehabeddeen7-May-06 7:12 
General//ADD TEMPLATE TO PAGE ... PinmemberSDP2-Sep-05 5:19 
GeneralExpandability PinmemberguiM7629-Jul-05 1:21 
GeneralHard Coded Name PinmemberMehfuz Hossain26-Jun-05 5:57 
GeneralRe: Hard Coded Name Pinmemberkalyankrishna124-May-06 7:02 
GeneralRe: Hard Coded Name PinmemberMehfuz Hossain24-May-06 7:44 
GeneralRe: Hard Coded Name Pinmemberkalyankrishna124-May-06 20:42 
GeneralFindControl doesn't work! Pinmember[--Pete--]13-Jun-05 4:29 
GeneralRe: FindControl doesn't work! Pinmember[--Pete--]13-Jun-05 23:32 
Questionerror in global.asax? PinmemberBouma12-Apr-05 10:22 
AnswerRe: error in global.asax? PinmemberSDP2-Sep-05 5:04 
GeneralAccessing LabelError from the Master Page Pinmembermusaev29-Mar-05 5:24 
GeneralThese articles make me nutz! PinsussAnonymous18-Feb-05 10:19 
GeneralRe: These articles make me nutz! PinmemberMisty_Blue22-Feb-05 9:37 
GeneralRe: These articles make me nutz! PinsussJohan Trenkle19-Apr-05 21:12 
GeneralUnfortunate side-effort PinsussMark Macaulay16-Feb-05 15:03 
GeneralRe: Unfortunate side-effort PinmemberYitzhak Gootvilig20-Feb-05 20:05 PinmemberSimon Thompson15-Feb-05 6:13 
GeneralRe: PinmemberSimon Thompson15-Feb-05 6:47 
GeneralGot it to work...Great...but problems with IDE Pinmemberpchelp15-Feb-05 4:47 
GeneralThanks Yitzhak PinmemberSimon Hughes15-Feb-05 0:10 
Generalabout time PinmemberSimon Thompson14-Feb-05 22:51 
GeneralThis is working! PinmemberAlexander Turlov14-Feb-05 9:20 

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