I begun to create layout pages for a group of sites and am struggling to understand out of the box usage. I created two layouts; one for Publishing Content Types and another for Page Layout Content Types. They work fine, but if I begin to create a web part page within the browser I don't see an option for the layout I created. If I choose a Publishing page, I do see both options. Am I being confused by semantics here? One is Page Layout and the other is simply Layout.

With that in mind, how may I create web part page layouts that I can choose within the browser? Additionally, if Publishing is turned off for a given site collection, may I still provide my clients custom templates for web part pages (even wiki pages) or do I need to create custom content types from scratch? Thanks!

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Here are my 5 cents.

Page Layouts - think of them as a html layout/design of the page. It can contain webpart zones, html elements, etc.

Page Content Type - properties of the Page Layout.

For example: You design a page to fit your look/branding. But at the same time you want that page layout to have extra properties. Imagine you have an Article page layout, but you want to have a department property associated to that page layout. You create a content type with a column of type drop-down and then associate this content type to your page layout.

So anytime now you use your Article Page layout, this extra property will be available for you to use.

  • Much appreciated. This is helpful. I am generally OK with content types. My real issue is understanding if specific template layouts may be chosen from the layouts list when creating a web part page. Example: Site Actions > More Options > Page > Web Part Page. You get to choose a layout template such as Full Page, Vertical. Can I make a layout template that appears in this list?
    – Sean
    Jun 19, 2014 at 20:16
  • Publishing layouts are different from WIKI pages that are being used on team sites.
    – dotsa
    Jun 20, 2014 at 21:41
  • So, in this instance are Web Part pages tantamount to Wiki pages?
    – Sean
    Jun 27, 2014 at 20:38

here is some microsoft link that can help you the differences. Hope it helps


  • Thanks for the article. It does a good job of explaining content types. I do understand that distinction. I should have been more clear on my original question: I need help with creating a layout template for Web Part pages. I want to be able to click on more options > web part page, I want to be able to choose a template other than those out of the box from the list provided for layouts. I can see these options when I choose Publishing page. Thanks for the help.
    – Sean
    Jun 20, 2014 at 13:26

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