Creating ASP.NET Web Sites

The topics in this section describe how to create, customize, and manage an ASP.NET Web application (sometimes referred to as a Web site). The topics cover information that pertains to the application or site as a whole, such as the file structure of an ASP.NET Web site, the lifecycle of an application, ways to create a consistent look (themes) and a consistent layout (master pages) for all of the pages in the site, and how to extend the application with custom modules.

In This Section

  • ASP.NET Web Site Structure
    Describes the file layout of a site, types of files you can create, and the use of special folders.

  • ASP.NET Life Cycle
    Describes an overview of the steps an ASP.NET Web application and individual ASP.NET pages go through during its life cycle. Includes information on how ASP.NET Web sites are compiled at run time, and information on application-level events.

  • ASP.NET Site Navigation
    Describes site maps and how to use menus and other controls to create navigation through your Web site.

  • ASP.NET Web Site Configuration
    Describes the XML-based ASP.NET configuration system, the hierarchy and inheritance of configuration settings, and the programmatic API for managing configuration.

  • ASP.NET Master Pages
    Describes how to create a consistent page layout using a template (master page) and separate content pages.

  • ASP.NET Themes and Skins
    Describes how to create a consistent appearance for pages and controls by setting properties and CSS styles.

  • ASP.NET Web Parts Controls
    Describes how to create pages with application features that users can select and customize in a browser.

  • ASP.NET State Management Overview
    Describes how to store information between page requests.

  • ASP.NET Globalization and Localization
    Describes how to create ASP.NET Web pages and applications that can display information in different languages and cultures.

  • Custom ASP.NET Processing with HTTP Handlers
    Describes how to create an ASP.NET component that users can invoke using a request.

  • Extending ASP.NET Processing with HTTP Modules
    Describes how to create a component that can be plugged into the application lifecycle to add custom processing, such as filtering, security, and so on.

  • ASP.NET Accessibility
    Describes how to create ASP.NET Web pages that conform to accessibility standards.


  • Creating ASP.NET Web Pages
    Provides information about how ASP.NET Web pages function and how to create and program them.

  • ASP.NET Web Server Controls Overview
    Provides information about how ASP.NET Web server controls work, how to add them to ASP.NET pages, and how to program them

  • Accessing Data with ASP.NET
    Provides information on displaying and editing data in ASP.NET Web pages.

  • Securing ASP.NET Web Sites
    Provides information on security threats to your ASP.NET applications, ways in which to mitigate threats, and ways to authenticate and authorize users.

  • ASP.NET Troubleshooting and Debugging
    Provides information on handling errors, debugging ASP.NET pages, viewing trace information during page processing, and using monitoring the health of your application.