Take the 2-minute tour ×
SharePoint Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for SharePoint enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I am using SharePoint 2010...........

When I create a sub-site and I go to "Site Settings" there is no option that will allow me to inherit site master page from parent of the site.

I have to manually go and type this URL in:

http://SiteName/SubsiteName/_layouts/ChangeSiteMasterPage.aspx

This then will take me to a page where I can set this setting.

Questions

  1. Why cant I get to this from the Site Settings?
  2. Is it possible to change a setting somewhere so that when ever I do create sub-sites to ALWAYS inherit the parent master page and parent theme?
share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 1 down vote accepted
  1. In order for this link to show up I think you need to have the Publishing Site and Web features activated.

  2. If my memory serves me I think activating the Publishing Web feature inherit at least the master page. Perhaps the Theme as well.

share|improve this answer
    
Number 1 worked for me thanks, but number 2 is still not answered, as I want this feature to ALWAYS be activated. I don't want to go back every time and activate this when I create a new sub-site. –  Etienne Feb 15 '11 at 8:38
    
Is there a way to make sure that the "SharePoint Server Publishing" Feature is always activated somehere maybe in Central Administration? –  Etienne Feb 15 '11 at 8:50

As Neil mentions, 1 is due to the publishing features - you need them to see that page.

Regarding 2, there is no way out of the box to do this.

If your branding is applied by a feature, you could use feature stapling to automatically turn on that branding when a new site is provisioned. This is the normal way of achieving that.

If not, well, you might want to create a feature so that you can do this!

Finally, you really don't want to always apply the same master page to child sites - certain sites, like meeting workspaces, use a different master page to 'normal' sites, and changing their master page to a typical 'team site' type one will break their functionality.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.