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I am using SP2013 Designer to export a page from site collection A and then import to site collection B. The page contain custom layout and two webparts (search result and refinement panel).

Before import, I use notepad to amend the layout path to site collection B's layout. In the file I can see some code related to those two webparts (e.g.

<%@ Register TagPrefix="WpNs1" Namespace="Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.WebControls" Assembly="Microsoft.Office.Server.Search, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c"%>
<%@ Register TagPrefix="WpNs0" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>
<%@ Page Inherits="Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.TemplateRedirectionPage,Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing,Version=,Culture=neutral,PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %> <%@ Reference VirtualPath="~TemplatePageUrl" %> <%@ Reference VirtualPath="~masterurl/custom.master" %><%@ Register Tagprefix="SharePoint" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>
<html xmlns:mso="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" xmlns:msdt="uuid:C2F41010-65B3-11d1-A29F-00AA00C14882"><head>
<meta name="WebPartPageExpansion" content="full" />


<title>search result</title></head><WpNs0:WebPartZone runat="server" ID="__WebPartPageLibraryZone__"><ZoneTemplate><spsswc:ResultScriptWebPart runat="server" DataProviderJSON=


However, after import the page, the page is able to load up without error. But all the webparts are missed. What can be the problem?

  • Could you please provide some additional information of the imported file, in particular to include register directives? Jun 10, 2014 at 9:14
  • I added the first few lines of imported file. Thanks!
    – Mark L
    Jun 10, 2014 at 9:32
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    Aha, looks like SPD incorrectly generates the namespaces in the exported file. Please try to replace spsswc:ResultScriptWebPart with WpNs1:ResultScriptWebPart, since the namespace spsswc is not registered. Jun 10, 2014 at 9:42
  • I have even tried import the page back to the original site collection (using another page file name). The webparts also lost!
    – Mark L
    Jun 10, 2014 at 9:43
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    Indeed it is, since spsswc namespace does not exists, please replace it with WpNs1 and import the file again Jun 10, 2014 at 9:51

1 Answer 1


I was trying to move a publishing page with Content Search web part from one site collection to another.This is what worked for me:

  1. Export page from Source site collection using designer.
  2. Replace the tag spsswc with WpNs1 .
  3. Change the publishing page layout url value of property mso:PublishingPageLayout.
  4. I uploaded the page to target site collection from browser instead of Import using designer.

I was able to see the webpart in my new sitecollection.

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