Design Manager in SharePoint 2013

Design Manager is a feature in SharePoint 2013 that makes it easier to create a fully customized, pixel-perfect design while using the web-design tools that you’re already familiar with. Design Manager is a publishing feature that is available in publishing sites in both SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365. You can also use Design Manager to brand the public-facing website in Office 365.

Below article is focused on Enable Design manager in SharePoint and Open Design Manager in SharePoint.

You can refer the MSDN article on Overview of Design Manager in SharePoint 2013 for further details.

Enable Design Manager in SharePoint

  • As Design Manager is a publishing feature that is available in publishing sites activate “SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure” under Site Collection Features

    Site Collection Features


  • Then activate “SharePoint Server Publishing” feature under Manage Site Features

    Site Features


    Open Design Manager in SharePoint

  • Option 01: Click on the gear icon on the top right corner of the page. Then click on “Design Manager”
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  • Option 02: Open Site setting then click on “Design Manager” under look and Feel.


  • Option 03: Browse http://ServerName/_layouts/15/DesignWelcomePage.aspx (Replace ServerName with your server name)
  • You are here. It’s the Design manager Landing Page


    Additional Resources

    What’s new with SharePoint 2013 site development:

    Overview of the SharePoint 2013 page model:

    How to: Convert an HTML file into a master page in SharePoint 2013:

    How to: Create a page layout in SharePoint 2013:

    What’s new in Branding ?

    Intro to SharePoint 2013 Design Manager:

    Using Dreamweaver and Design Manager with SharePoint 2013:

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    Remove _layouts/15/start.aspx# from SharePoint URL

    If you notice having  the URL with _layouts/15/start.aspx because the new feature which is introduces in SharePoint 2013 Minimal Download Strategy is activated on your site. Minimal Download Strategy is a new framework which is been written to increase the performance of the SharePoint site.

    In order to fix this Deactive Feature “Minimal Download Strategy” under Manage Site Features.


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    Remove Server from Service Bus Farm

    Hi Guys,

    This one of the issue that I experienced when Removing the Workflow manager from one farm and joining another farm. This requirement popped out as we crated the development farm by cloning the servers in Production Farm. I renamed the servers accordingly. As the Workflow Manager and Service Bus manager were already configured I had to remove the server from both farms (Workflow Manager and Service Bus)

    Good news is I was able to remove from Workflow Farm using Workflow Configuration manager. But even I tried removing from Service Bus Farm using UI its still there. So that I moved to PowerShell Open-mouthed smile to get this done. This is not the only issue that I had to face. Others will be addressed in Related post bottom of this post.

    • Open Service Bus PowerShell as Administrator


    Warning Message shows as this is the new cloned SP server. What was in the SB Farm was the old server name. No problem this will remove current server from SB Farm. Use Get-SBFarm command to verify.


    • To make sure I restarted the server and ran Workflow Configuration Manager. Now its possible both WF manager and SB to connect to an existing farm Smile


    DNS Configuration for SharePoint Apps

    When you trying to add an app from store you might get below error. In order to fix this there are two things to be done.

    Task 01. Configure App Managements and Subscription Settings service in SharePoint

    Task 02. Configure DNS server to support app URLs

    Below blog post will be focused on Task 02 where you configure DNS record in DNS server.



    • Open DNS using MMC then right click your domain and select add new CNAME


    • Once you got prompted to enter record details add *.app as the alias name and as FQDN of target host as your domain name (in my case its


    • After successful addition of DNS you will find the record as below.


    • Now from the DNS end you are ready to go. Verify the entry by ping


    • Make sure you configure the App Management and Subscription Settings services (both) in SharePoint before adding the app URLs.


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    Register-SPWorkflowService The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found

    This errors pops out if you have installed SharePoint Server 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2. Its true that SharePoint 2013 now supports Windows Server 2012 R2 after the SP1 update.

    Even though you have SP1 (​15.0.4569.1000) you still will get the error when registering workflow service.


    • If it shows “Workflow is Not Connected” you have to register the workflow service in SharePoint.
    • In order to register run “Register-SPWorkflowService -SPSite “http://SPSite” -WorkflowHostUri “http://ServerName:12291″ -AllowOAuthHttp” in elevated SharePoint Management shell


    • If the workflow service in running on a Windows Server 2012 R2 server you will get an error (Register-SPWorkflowService : The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found) as shown above.
    • In order to fix download the Web Platform Installer ( then search for Workflow Manager CU2 and proceed with installation.







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