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Page Layouts Available on SharePoint 2010's Publishing Site

SharePoint 2010’s publishing site provides a rich editing experience that makes it easy for a non-technical person to create web pages. Adding your content to the page is a snap. SharePoint provides many kinds of content containers that you can use when creating your page, including

  • Single-line text boxes for entering a simple text line, such as the page’s title

  • Multiple-line text boxes for entering paragraphs, bulleted and numbered lists, and tables

  • Tools for adding images, video, and Web Parts

The containers that you see on the page are determined by the page layout used to create the page. The page layout is the template or form that determines what type of content you can put on the page (text, image, and video) and where the content goes on the page.

SharePoint provides a number of page layouts, but you can also create your own. By default, a publishing site uses the Body Only page layout, which provides a single multiline container for adding all your content to the page.

SharePoint provides four types of page layouts. The type of layout you choose is determined by the information you need to display on the page. Within each kind of page layout provided, a number of layouts are available. Each layout provides a different way of displaying the same kind of information. The table provides a summary of the layouts provided for each layout type.

SharePoint Page Layouts
Layout Type Type of Information Displayed Example of Layouts Provided
Article page Supports news content with images, bylines, and article dates Article with no image; article with image on the left or the right
Enterprise Wiki page Supports community editing with rating and categorization Rich text box with rating stars and a Category drop-down list
Redirect page Captures the Web address of a page you want to automatically forward users to Hyperlink field for entering the forwarding address
Welcome page Acts as the starting or landing page for a site Web site table of contents, “splash” page with an image and two areas for links

Create a new page layout any time you want to present a new type of information or present that information in a new format on the page.

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