Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Dynamically changing master page on your website

If you notice, you will see that a lot of blog sites out there allow you to create and use different site template. With a click of a button, you can completely change the look and feel of the entire site; including the theme, layout, navigation...

While this can certainly be done using classic ASP, master pages have made it extremely easy to set this up. All you have to do is define a couple of master pages before and change MasterPageFile property at run time.

Protected Sub Page_PreInit(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.PreInit
Page.MasterPageFile = "NewMasterPage.master"
End Sub

In this code snippet, I just assign a new master page to the MasterPageFile property of the Page object during the preinit stage and the site gets a new look.

If you are new to master pages, please have a look at this blog: Using Master Pages in Applications.

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