I have a requirement to change the layout of the SharePoint search page to match the look and feel. I tried adding the CSS file, but that didnt help.

I figured I would have to change the masterpage to get the exact look and feel. The site consists of boostrap and other stuff, I am having a hard time figuring out how to go ahead with it

  1. should I put everything(the HTML, CSS and bootstrap file) into a wsp solution and upload it and try to apply it.

  2. Should I just upload the master page as the wsp solution?

  3. Is there any other way in which I can go about and do this.

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Its an Enterprise Search Center instead of a Basic Search Center then you should be able to change the master page to a custom master page in Site Settings. The Enterprise Search Center uses publishing which surfaces a link to change the site and system master page. The Basic Search Center doesn't use publishing so to change the master page there you would need to either build a feature, use SharePoint Designer or use PowerShell.

Here's how to change the master page in a publishing site:

Creating customized search results in SharePoint 2013

Customizing Search in SharePoint 2013 using Display Templates

Basic Search Center – SharePoint 2013 and Office 365


You need to copy the original master page & start applying CSS on it. It would be really easy to get the desired output with that copied master page.

  • Have you tried above solution? Is it working for you?
    – Hardik
    Jul 5, 2016 at 10:13
  • Ive got a new issue now. The umbraco desigfn is an MVC3 razor design, so it doesnt have a master file, it just has a template HTML file and JS and CSS with it. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to get the search site to look exactly like the template. @Hardik Jul 5, 2016 at 13:17
  • I do not know anything about umbraco design. So I think its hard for me to help you but as you required the change the layout of the SharePoint search page. I gave you the above solution. Thanks.:)
    – Hardik
    Jul 5, 2016 at 13:20
  • I appreciate your help @Hardik , but the above solutions are kind of modifying the search result layout, i wanted to do the branding for the page. Jul 5, 2016 at 13:22
  • Added one more link in my answer. Please check it. Hope it helps you.
    – Hardik
    Jul 5, 2016 at 13:27

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