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Ok, find something interesting. It looks like there is a bug in SharePoint while converting custom HTML to masterpage. The process "forgets" to include two placeholders that seems to be necessary for the masterpage to work. I added code for insert DeltaPlaceHolderLeftNavBar and DeltaPlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea in my custom masterpage and it worked. The ...
Using Layouts for temporary storage is not really a good idea to start with (since it is shared between all sites and webs in the entire farm etc.) Why not use the nice capabilities of a document library to save your .zip file? It would then be a matter of creating the .zip and adding it to the document library (one basic example of that here)
All of the above. You can use InfoPath, a list, or a list form customized in SharePoint Designer. The SharePoint search indexer will crawl all of it and make it searchable. Just check the Indexing Options on your list settings page to ensure the data you want to be indexed is included.
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