How can I add a custom user control to a page layout?

I have some custom user control developed. I want to place it in a custom page layout. So it will be in every page instance of that layout.

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First create your User Control and publish is to SharePoint.
Then you register a tag for your control

<%@ Register Tagprefix="MyControls" 
    Assembly="KM.MyControls, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=<Your token>" %>

Then you can reference your User Control

<MyControls:MyUserControl runat="server"/>

Make sure you put the user control into a subdirectory of {SharePointRoot}/Templates/ControlTemplates

Put a Register element at the top of you page-layout

<%@ Register TagPrefix="MyOwnPrefix" TagName="MyUserControl" Src="~/_controltemplates/MyProjectName/UserControl.ascx" %>

and the refer to it where you need it like:

<MyOwnPrefix:MyUserControl runat="server" id="userControl" />
  • thank you, how should i deploy user control via solution? should i deploy it via module in a visual studio solution?
    – ozdogan
    Commented Sep 28, 2012 at 6:52
  • Create a Mapped folder to {SharePointRoot}/Templates/ControlTemplates create a subdirectory and put the UserControl there Commented Sep 28, 2012 at 6:57

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