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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