I want to set an Application Page(the page inside _layouts folder) as default landing page in SharePoint 2013 web application.

Is it possible to set application page as a default landing page?

If yes then How?

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To specify directly Application Page as a Welcome page is not supported, but you could create Site Page that redirects to an application page and then set Redirection page as Welcome page


For demonstration purposes let's create SharePoint Redirect page enter image description here

and set Redirect Url property to an Application page Url (Groups page) enter image description here

and finally specify Welcome page property to Redirect page url enter image description here


does it need to be within the layouts folder? if not place it within sharepoint like within the style library. Open up sharepoint designer and navigate to the style library -> rightclick the file and select as homepage!

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