Step by step creating News Page Layout using Content Type in SharePoint 2013

Step by step creating News Page Layout using Content Type in SharePoint 2013

Sometimes we need to create sub site for news or events or any thing like this we will go on and explain not only how to do it step by step but also in the next series we will continue to making this page layout is the default page layout of a publishing sub site after that we will making a content query in the root site to preview the news articles, Finally we will using variation to create a similar publishing sub site in other languages.

Note: We will adding the solution for downloads as soon as possible you can follow us to be informed with any new content.

Download Source Code

1- Step by step creating News Page Layout using Content Type in SharePoint 2013.

2- How to Creating a publishing sub site for news and using variation to creating the same site to other languages finally making the previous page layout is the default page layout of the sub site.

Let’s go on…


1- Open Visual studio 2013 and create new project of type SharePoint Solutions…”SharePoint 2013 Empty Project”.

Create new SharePoint 2013 empty project

2- As we will deploy our solution as a farm solution in our local farm on our local machine.

Note: Make sure that the site is publishing site to be able to proceed.

Deploy the SharePoint site as a farm solution

3- Our solution will be as the picture blew and we will add a three folder for “SiteColumns”, “ContentTypes” and “PageLayouts”.

SharePoint solution items

4- Starting by adding a new item to “SiteColumns” folder.

Adding new item to SharePoint solution


5- After we adding a new site column and renaming it. Add the following columns as we need to make the news layout NewsTitle, NewsBody,NewsBrief,NewsDate and NewsImage.

Adding new item of type site column to the solution


then add the blew fields and you will note that I use Resources in the DisplayName and the Group.


After That

6- Creating Content Type, we will adding new Content Type to the folder ContentTypes.

Adding new item of type Content Type to SharePoint solution


7- We must make sure to select the base of the content type “Page”.

Specifying the base type of the content type


8- Open the content type and adding our new columns to it.

Adding columns to the content type


9- Open the elements file of the content type and make sure it will look like this the code blew.

Note: we use Resources in the Name, Description  and the group of the content type.

<!-- Parent ContentType: Page (0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF39) -->
 <ContentType ID="0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF39007A5224C9C2804A46B028C4F78283A2CB"
 Inherits="TRUE" Version="0">
 <FieldRef ID="{9fd593c1-75d6-4c23-8ce1-4e5de0d97545}" DisplayName="$Resources:SPWorld_News,NewsTitle;" Required="TRUE" Name="NewsTitle" />
 <FieldRef ID="{fcd9f32e-e2e0-4d00-8793-cfd2abf8ef4d}" DisplayName="$Resources:SPWorld_News,NewsBrief;" Required="FALSE" Name="NewsBrief" />
 <FieldRef ID="{FF268335-35E7-4306-B60F-E3666E5DDC07}" DisplayName="$Resources:SPWorld_News,NewsBody;" Required="TRUE" Name="NewsBody" />
 <FieldRef ID="{FCA0BBA0-870C-4D42-A34A-41A69749F963}" DisplayName="$Resources:SPWorld_News,NewsDate;" Required="TRUE" Name="NewsDate" />
 <FieldRef ID="{8218A8D9-912C-47E7-AAD2-12AA10B42BE3}" DisplayName="$Resources:SPWorld_News,NewsImage;" Required="FALSE" Name="NewsImage" />

10- Add new Module to the PageLayouts folder after that we will find sample.txt file then rename it “NewsPageLayout.aspx”.

Adding new module to SharePoint solution

11- Adding the the code blew to this “NewsPageLayout.aspx”.

 <%@ Page language="C#" Inherits="Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingLayoutPage,Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing,Version=,Culture=neutral,PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %> 
 <%@ Register Tagprefix="SharePointWebControls" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>
 <%@ Register Tagprefix="WebPartPages" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>
 <%@ Register Tagprefix="PublishingWebControls" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.WebControls" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>
 <%@ Register Tagprefix="PublishingNavigation" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.Navigation" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>
 <asp:Content ContentPlaceholderID="PlaceHolderPageTitle" runat="server">
 <SharePointWebControls:FieldValue id="FieldValue1" FieldName="Title" runat="server"/>
 <asp:Content ContentPlaceholderID="PlaceHolderMain" runat="server">
 <H1><SharePointWebControls:TextField ID="NewsTitle" FieldName="9fd593c1-75d6-4c23-8ce1-4e5de0d97545" runat="server"></SharePointWebControls:TextField></H1>
 <p><PublishingWebControls:RichHtmlField ID="NewsBody" FieldName="FF268335-35E7-4306-B60F-E3666E5DDC07" runat="server"></PublishingWebControls:RichHtmlField></p>
 <p><SharePointWebControls:NoteField ID="NewsBrief" FieldName="fcd9f32e-e2e0-4d00-8793-cfd2abf8ef4d" runat="server"></SharePointWebControls:NoteField></p>
 <p><SharePointWebControls:DateTimeField ID="NewsDate" FieldName="FCA0BBA0-870C-4D42-A34A-41A69749F963" runat="server"></SharePointWebControls:DateTimeField></p>
 <p><PublishingWebControls:RichImageField ID="NewsImage" FieldName="8218A8D9-912C-47E7-AAD2-12AA10B42BE3" runat="server"></PublishingWebControls:RichImageField></p>

12- Adding the following code to the elements file of the “NewsPageLayouts” module.

 <Module Name="NewsPageLayout" Url="_catalogs/masterpage" List="116" >
 <File Path="NewsPageLayout\NewsPageLayout.aspx" Url="NewsPageLayout.aspx" Type="GhostableInLibrary" IgnoreIfAlreadyExists="TRUE" ReplaceContent="TRUE" Level="Published" >
 <Property Name="Title" Value="$Resources:SPWorld_News,NewsPageLayout;" />
 <Property Name="MasterPageDescription" Value="$Resources:SPWorld_News,NewsPageLayout;" />
 <Property Name="ContentType" Value="$Resources:cmscore,contenttype_pagelayout_name;" />
 <Property Name="PublishingPreviewImage" Value="~SiteCollection/_catalogs/masterpage/$Resources:core,Culture;/Preview Images/WelcomeSplash.png, ~SiteCollection/_catalogs/masterpage/$Resources:core,Culture;/Preview Images/WelcomeSplash.png" />
 <Property Name="PublishingAssociatedContentType" Value=";#$Resources:SPWorld_News,NewsContentType;;#0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF39007A5224C9C2804A46B028C4F78283A2CB;#"></Property>

13- Don’t forget to add the Resources Folder then adding the resource file with the name “SPWorld_News.resx” as we used it the previous steps and adding the blew keys to it.

News                     News 
NewsBody                 News Body 
NewsBrief                News Brief 
NewsContentType          News Content Type 
NewsContentTypeDesc      News Content Type Desc. 
NewsDate                 News Date 
NewsGroup                News 
NewsImage                News Image 
NewsPageLayout           News Page Layout 
NewsTitle                News Title

14- Finally Deploying the solution.

15- The next steps will explain how we add the “news content type” to the page layout through SharePoint wizard we will do these steps pragmatically in the next article.

Note: We will do the steps from “A”  to “D” pragmatically in the next article without need to do it manually form SharePoint.

A- Go to Site Contents then Pages , Library, Library SettingsOpening  library setting of the page library



B-Add the news content type to the page layout.

Adding existing content type to the pages library


c- Then

Selecting the content type to add it to pages library



D- Go to Pages Library , Files , New Document select News Content Type.

Adding new document of a the news content type to pages library

E- Write the page title.

Creating new page of news content type to pages library

F- Open the page to edit it.

pages library contains new page of news content type


G- Now We can see the page Layout after we adding the title, Body, Brief,date and image finally click Save the news.

News page layout in the editing mode