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=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>
    <%@ Register Tagprefix="Utilities" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.Utilities" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %>
    <%@ Register Tagprefix="asp" Namespace="System.Web.UI" Assembly="System.Web.Extensions, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35" %>
    <%@ Import Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint" %>
    <%@ Assembly Name="Microsoft.Web.CommandUI, Version=, 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 ID="Main" ContentPlaceHolderID="PlaceHolderMain" runat="server">
    <asp:Content ID="PageTitle" ContentPlaceHolderID="PlaceHolderPageTitle" runat="server">My Application Page
      <asp:Label runat="server" Text="My Custom Page"></asp:Label>
    <asp:Content ID="PageTitleInTitleArea" ContentPlaceHolderID="PlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea" runat="server" >
    My Application Page

  • Build the solution. 
  • Deploy the solution.
  • Go to the http://servername:2010/_layouts/CustomApplicationPage/ CustomApplicationPage.aspx.
  • A new custom application page has been created in SharePoint 2010 as shown below.


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. 

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