Today I was working on some script for the home page of a SharePoint 2013 site which added the jQueryUI accordion behaviour to all of the Web Parts within a Web Part Zone. When I went into edit mode, it was pretty frustrating to have the accorsdions kick in, so I looked around for a way to check to see if a publishing page is in editing mode with script. I’m pretty syure I’ve done this before, but it’s been a while and I couldn’t find anything in my kit.
Somewhat to my surprise, there were a lot of questions about how to do this out there, but not a lot of good answers. Most of them came down to looking for some element that would only be in the page in edit mode and sounded a little kludgy.
Page layouts are great functionality that comes along with the Publishing Infrastructure in MOSS. They allow you to enforce a consistent structure and even consistent content in pages which you allow your users to create.
However, sometimes (due to the powers that be), you may have access to a site with pages based on page layouts with SharePoint Designer, but not the page layouts themselves. (The page layouts, are stored in the root web in the Master Page Gallery, along with the master pages, in the /_catalogs/masterpage folder.) When you try to edit one of these pages, you are informed that:
Each page in the Webs (sites) that you have access to which utilizes the Publishing Infrastructure will be based on one of those page layouts. You can’t edit the page layouts if you don’t have permissions on the root site. Q.E.D.
However, if you right click on the page in the Folder List, you should see an option to Detach from Page Layout. You’ll see this dialog pop up:
Assuming that you really want to do it, go ahead and say ‘Yes’.
Later you can Reattach to Page Layout, but frankly I haven’t needed to do this. I’ve read that you can do it with impunity and then you have your customized page with it linked to the page layout again. Changes that you’ve made to Web Parts in Web Part Zones will stay in effect but any other changes will be overwritten by the page layout. The dialogs then look like this:
However, you don’t have to reattach it. It will just mean that the page won’t reflect any changes to the page layout it was associated with in the future. Assuming this is OK, you’re good to go, but make sure that you document this choice, as it may become important later.
This is a little trick, but a useful one all the same. When you use the Publishing Site template for a site, you do not have the option in Site Settings to save the site as a template for reuse. There are probably good reasons for this due to the underlying structure of Publishing Sites, but no one has ever been able to explain it to me in any detail.
The trick is to append _layouts/savetmpl.aspx to the URL of your site. So, for example, if your site is at http://servername/site, you would use the URL http://servername/site/_layouts/savetmpl.aspx. On the Save as Template screen, you’ll probably want to check the ‘Include content’ box so that the .aspx pages in the Pages library are included.
Be careful with this, but as long as you haven’t done anything fancy in your site, it ought to work just fine. The template that you save will be available when you create a new site under the PublishingSiteTemplate tab.