How to create custom SharePoint 2010 Application Page using Visual Studio 2010

In this article we are going to create a custom Application Page using visual studio 2010.


Steps Involved:

Creating Empty SharePoint Project:

  • Open Visual Studio 2010. 

  • Go to File => New => Project. 

  • Select 2010 from the installed templates SharePoint and choose Empty SharePoint Project. 

  • Name it as CustomApplicationPage.

  • Click Add. 

  • Enter the SharePoint server farm URL. 

  • Select 'Deploy it as a Farm Solution". 

  • Click Finish.


Adding Application Page:

  • Right click the Solution Explorer and select Add a new item. 

  • Select Application Page from the installed templates SharePoint and name it as CustomApplicationPage.

  • Once you add the application page it will automatically create the Layouts Folder.

  • In the solution explorer you could see Layouts -> CustomApplicationPage ->CustomApplicationPage.aspx.

  • Once you deploy the solution the pages will be automatically placed in the 14 hive layouts folder.

  • Open CustomApplicationPage.aspx from the solution explorer.

  • In the "PlaceHolderMain" add one asp label control.

  • And change the "PlaceHolderPageTitle" content to 'My Application Page" as shown in the following code. <%@ Assembly Name="$SharePoint.Project.AssemblyFullName$" %> <%@ Import Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.ApplicationPages" %> <%@ Register Tagprefix="SharePoint" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls"Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=14.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %> <%@ Register Tagprefix="Utilities" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.Utilities"Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=14.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %> <%@ Register Tagprefix="asp" Namespace="System.Web.UI"Assembly="System.Web.Extensions, Version=3.5.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35" %> <%@ Import Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint" %> <%@ Assembly Name="Microsoft.Web.CommandUI, Version=14.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %> <%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true"CodeBehind="CustomApplicationPage.aspx.cs"Inherits="CustomApplicationPage.Layouts.CustomApplicationPage.CustomApplicationPage"DynamicMasterPageFile="~masterurl/default.master" %> <asp:Content ID="PageHead" ContentPlaceHolderID="PlaceHolderAdditionalPageHead"runat="server"> </asp:Content> <asp:Content ID="Main" ContentPlaceHolderID="PlaceHolderMain" runat="server"> </asp:Content> <asp:Content ID="PageTitle" ContentPlaceHolderID="PlaceHolderPageTitle"runat="server">My Application Page <asp:Label runat="server" Text="My Custom Page"></asp:Label> </asp:Content> <asp:Content ID="PageTitleInTitleArea"ContentPlaceHolderID="PlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea" runat="server" > My Application Page </asp:Content>

  • Build the solution. 

  • Deploy the solution.


Testing:

  • Go to the http://servername:2010/_layouts/CustomApplicationPage/ CustomApplicationPage.aspx.

  • A new custom application page has been created in SharePoint 2010 as shown below.


Summary:

This article is mainly written to explain that a new template "Application Page" is available in the installed templates "SharePoint " -> "2010" and how to use that in visual studio 2010.