I started a small Sharepoint site as a rush job. It's a bunch of fairly simple web part pages. Now that we're expanding it, I need to add a different master page. I was using our client's master (which I'm not allowed to edit), and I still need to do so, so I created a nested master page from which to inherit. This works fine in our development environment. However, when I try to move it to the client's environment, I get the dreaded "one or more web parts on this page reference a zone that does not exist". Again the pages work without my new master, and they work with my new master in the dev environment, but not in test. Any suggestions?

Edit: I just tried a simplified version of my master page, with the same problem. Shorter code:

<%-- _lcid="1033" _version="14.0.4762" _dal="1" --%>
<%-- _LocalBinding --%>
<%@ Master language="C#" MasterPageFile="~masterurl/default.master" %>
<%@ Register Tagprefix="SharePoint" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %> <%@ Register Tagprefix="Utilities" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.Utilities" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %> <%@ Import Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint" %> <%@ Assembly Name="Microsoft.Web.CommandUI, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %> <%@ Register Tagprefix="WebPartPages" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>
<asp:Content ContentPlaceHolderId="PlaceHolderPageTitle" runat="server">
    <asp:ContentPlaceHolder ID="Client_PageTitle" runat="server">
<asp:Content ContentPlaceHolderId="PlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea" runat="server">
    <asp:ContentPlaceHolder ID="Client_PageTitleInTitleArea" runat="server">
<asp:Content ContentPlaceHolderID="PlaceHolderMain" runat="server">
    <asp:ContentPlaceHolder ID="Client_Main" runat="server">

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Is your new masterpage published/checked in ? If not do it.

  • So that wasn't an issue ?
    – m.jedrzej
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 13:51

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