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I have a custom web template that I use to create a new site-collection. I get the success message, but when I continue to site/default.aspx I get a 404 "The page you're looking for doesn't exist.". I can access /_layouts/settings.aspx and everything from that. Looking at Site Contents and Pages I have one item, which is the PageNotFoundError.aspx.

What am I missing that somehows hinder the provisioning of a default.aspx?

My ONET.xml contains the following that I thought would result in a default.aspx

   <Feature ID="22A9EF51-737B-4ff2-9346-694633FE4416">
      <!-- Publishing -->
      <Properties xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/">
        <!--<Property Key="ChromeMasterUrl" Value="~SiteCollection/_catalogs/masterpage/icp.portal.master"/>-->
        <Property Key="DefaultPageLayout" Value="~SiteCollection/_catalogs/masterpage/PageLayoutTemplate.aspx"/>
        <Property Key="WelcomePageUrl" Value="$Resources:osrvcore,List_Pages_UrlName;/default.aspx"/>
        <Property Key="PagesListUrl" Value=""/>
        <Property Key="AvailableWebTemplates" Value=""/>
        <Property Key="AvailablePageLayouts" Value=""/>
        <Property Key="AlternateCssUrl" Value="" />
        <Property Key="SimplePublishing" Value="true" />
        <Property Key="EnableModerationOnPages" Value="false" />
        <Property Key="EnableModerationOnDocuments" Value="false" />
        <Property Key="EnableModerationOnImages" Value="false" />
        <Property Key="EnableSchedulingOnPages" Value="false" />
        <Property Key="EnableSchedulingOnDocuments" Value="false" />
        <Property Key="EnableSchedulingOnImages" Value="false" />
        <Property Key="EnableApprovalWorkflowOnPages" Value="false" />
        <Property Key="EnableApprovalWorkflowOnDocuments" Value="false" />
        <Property Key="EnableApprovalWorkflowOnImages" Value="false" />
      </Properties>
    </Feature>
  • Which base template are you using for your custom web template? Can you post the elments.xml contents – Unnie Apr 16 '14 at 5:48
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In you custom ONET.XML you need to provision default.aspx as well.

        <Module Name="Home" Url="$Resources:osrvcore,List_Pages_UrlName;" Path="">
        <File Url="default.aspx" Type="GhostableInLibrary" >
            <Property Name="Title" Value="$Resources:cmscore,IPPT_HomeWelcomePage_Title;" />
            <Property Name="PublishingPageLayout" Value="~SiteCollection/_catalogs/masterpage/WelcomeLinks.aspx, $Resources:cmscore,PageLayout_WelcomeLinks_Title;" />
            <Property Name="ContentType" Value="$Resources:cmscore,contenttype_welcomepage_name;" />
            <Property Name="PublishingPageImage" Value="&lt;img alt=&quot;$Resources:cmscore,IPPT_PressReleaseImage_AltText;&quot; border=&quot;1&quot; hspace=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;~SiteCollection/SiteCollectionImages/PR.gif&quot; vspace=&quot;0&quot;&gt;" />
            <Property Name="ReusableHTML" Value="$Resources:cmscore,IPPT_PressReleaseWelcomePage_Description;" />
        </File>
    </Module>

And then call that module from your Configuration:

        <Modules>
            <Module Name="Home" />
        </Modules>

Please see template examples from your 14/15 folder

C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\TEMPLATE\SiteTemplates

  • The question regards a WebTemplate, this is for Site definitions no? – Robert Lindgren Apr 16 '14 at 5:01
  • Webtemplate is ONET.xml but with only one Configuration section. Otherwise its the same. – dotsa Apr 16 '14 at 16:37
  • Well AFAIK you should avoid modules and list templates and similar in WebTemplates and use features instead (see for example chakkaradeep.com/index.php/…) – Robert Lindgren Apr 16 '14 at 16:50

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