I created a custom content type and provisioned it as a solution for SharePoint 2013 (PU March). When I create a new page in a list, bam yellow page of death.

To rule out an error I created a custom content type with the UI - inherits from article page with no additional fields. Then I added it to a document library. After assigning a name to the new page and submitting the form => yellow page of death with the following stack:

System.ArgumentException: Value does not fall within the expected range.
at Microsoft.SharePoint.Utilities.SPUtility.CreateParentFoldersForFile(SPList list, String url, Boolean createAsListItem)
at Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.Internal.CodeBehind.CreatePagePage.NewPageItemSave(String pageName, PageLayout pageLayout, String folderUrl, Boolean redirect)
at Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.Internal.CodeBehind.CreatePagePage.CreateStandardPage(String pageName)
at Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.Internal.CodeBehind.CreatePagePage.ButtonCreatePage_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.Web.UI.WebControls.Button.RaisePostBackEvent(String eventArgument)
at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint)

Any clues?

Update1: When the parent of the content type is an article page it crashes. When the parent is a Basic Page it works.

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First I think you mean by adding the content type to a page library. The ArgumentException could occur due to a invalid list. Here's what I would try:

  • Try it in a new subsite page library.
  • Add a custom content type to a custom page layout and create a page in a new subsite page library to see if you have the same problem
  • The error shows Publishing is involved. Try turn off publishing feature in a subsite and see if you are still having problem.

The function SPUtility.CreateParentFoldersForFile verfifies that the new item based on a publishing content type is stored in the Pages library. If not you get the error above.

Key takeaway: Publishing Content types only in the Publishing Library, aka. Pages.

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