I have a Site Collection with a subsite of a Basic Search Center. I have a custom masterpage applied to all subsites, including the Search Center.

My problem is, when I try to go to the Basic Search Center subsite, it says to me "Code Blocks are not allowed in this file". This happens for both default.aspx and results.aspx.

Is there a way that I can avoid this error? A workaround I have found is to enable Publishing Features and create a Page that simulates the look and feel of the results.aspx but I'm looking if there is an easier way.

  • The Basic Search site does not use Publishing, the Enterprise Search Site does. Nov 7, 2015 at 2:46
  • Thanks Matthew! That works! Can you post as a reply so I can mark as answer?
    – Water
    Nov 10, 2015 at 3:54

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The Basic Search site does not use Publishing Features. Use the Enterprise Search site as it uses Publishing and generally provides a better end user experience.

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