Web Form vs. Web Content Form

If you don't mind, I would like to know what is the difference between those two items, when I go to add a new item I see both of those and I don't know what the difference is. 

9/28/2008 3:25:34 AM
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A content form is for use with a masterpage. A web form is a standalone web page. If you select web content form, you will then have to specify a masterpage for it.

9/28/2008 6:40:44 AM

and what is a master page used for? 

9/28/2008 5:17:48 PM


a master page is used to give a constant look and theme to a site, without having to duplicate code. So basically you can put your header, menu, nav and footer on a master page. Then all pages which inherit from it will have those items automatically. This means if you need to change a meu item for example, you change it on the master page and all the pages will get the changes.


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9/28/2008 5:36:09 PM


and what is a master page used for? 

read this information here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/wtxbf3hh.aspx

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9/28/2008 5:55:06 PM


Here is your solution:

Group1: WebForm

Web form is nothing but normal .aspx page. When you create web form you see all tags such as <head>, <body>, <html> etc.


Group2: Master Page

Master page is nothing but a common page which holds a common content so that you can use it across multiple pages. That means if you want to display menu on 3-4 pages, you can write the code into master page and use it on all pages. This way you don't have to write same code again and again on all 3-4 pages.

Group2: Web Content Form

This is also another type of form which exists with master page, Basically content page is the page which holds un-common content where master page contains common content among lets say 3-4 pages. You get <asp:content> tag in this type of page.


There are many other differences, I have not mentioned here. Above is the most basic difference I could show.

I hope this solves your problem, If it does PLEASE MARK IT ANSWER.

Thank you

9/28/2008 7:07:45 PM

Oh, i was looking for something like that for the longest time.  Thanks a lot for the information! 

9/28/2008 8:05:35 PM


and what is a master page used for? 

Seriously dude, just do a live search, or google search or whatever for "Masterpage" and asp.net. It's one of THE major additions of asp.net 2.0. I seriously believe you'd have got your answer much much faster had you just searched for it.

For extensive details, check this out:


It's right there when you click the "learn" link at the top of this very page Wink

9/28/2008 11:44:47 PM

Web Form and Web Content Form? I am afraid you meant Web User Control and not Web Content Form.

It is a good practice to place every set of related content on the page in a seperate User Control, this way you can make use of the same control in other pages in the same application.


Bilal Hadiar, MCP, MCTS, MCPD, MCT
Microsoft MVP - Telerik MVP
9/29/2008 6:17:21 AM


Web Form and Web Content Form? I am afraid you meant Web User Control and not Web Content Form.

I think he did indeed mean "Web Form" and "Web Content Form". In a normal website, you create a content page by ticking the "Select Masterpage" checkbox when adding a page. For Web Application Projects, you need to select Web Content Form to create a content page and a Web Form to add a normal (no masterpage) page.

9/30/2008 4:03:49 AM

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