In this post we will discuss about how to add a web part zone to a sharepoint site home page using sharepoint designer 2010. Also you can check my previous posts on:
Follow below steps to add a web part zone to sharepoint site:
Open the page using SharePoint designer 2010, Either you can click on Site Actions -> Edit in SharePoint designer or you can Open the site from Start Menu -> All Programs -> SharePoint -> Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010.
Then click on Edit site home page link as shown in the figure below:
This will open the site in Edit mode. But it is necessary to edit the page in Advanced Mode. So from the Home Tab in the Ribbon click on Advanced Mode from the Editing section like below:
If you will not do editing in Advanced Mode, some times you will get this error
Then Put the cursor where you want to add the web part zone, then go to the Insert Tab from the Ribbon and click on Web Part Zone like below, it will add a web part zone.