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2010 Publishing site masterpage

Haven't really played with publishing sites too much but from what I'm reading - assuming you have sharepoint server and publishing has been activated then a new publishing site will use the nightandday master page and (out of the box) the main content will have some links to things like enable anon access and manage navigation.

I've now created 2 pub sites (one dev one prod) and on both servers the masterpage looked more like minimal rather than nightandday. There is no main content and the only branding appears along the top.

When I open the site in SPD 2010 and look in the master pages folder I see v4, minimal and default. No nightandday.

I go to site settings and go to master pages. I can select night and day from the master pages drop down... which I do.

Now the site shows the Adventure Works branding but still no main content.

On my home server creating a new publishing site that shows the adventure works branding and the content is a one step process - create site: publishing

Any idea why work is behaving differently?
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Rainer Jeschor

did you install SharePoint 2010 on the prod and dev server?
Just a guess: either a different version of SharePoint is installed or some additional solutions have been installed which modify the default publishing template.
How did you create the two pub sites? Through central admin or powershell / stsadm?
Could you perhaps post a sample screenshot?


Using site actions new site, no 3rd party bits and no fiddling with nightandday.
Have attached 3 screenshots.
1. Me selecting the site template
2. The created site
3. The site after I go to site settings - master page and select nightandday master
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Ahhh that explains it then :)
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