Editing SharePoint 2013 Master Pages directly

Microsoft has revamped the way master pages work/behave in SharePoint 2013 and developers migrating from 2010 will sure have some surprises unless you read a bit on the new updates to successfully make changes to masterpages in SharePoint 2013.

I wont go deep into the concepts behind the changes, but will highlight a thing or 2 on the fundamental changes in SharePoint 2013 compared to 2010:

  1. SharePoint 2013 associates a HTML file to every master page and by default you are not allowed to edit the .master page directly.
  2. SharePoint Designer 2013 doesn’t have the visual view any more and changes can either be viewed in the browser or through the (Design Manager, which is of course through browser as well!).
  3. As like 2010, you don’t need to explicitly approve/publish the .master page.  In other words, its enough if you approve/publish the .html page which will automatically publish the .master page.
  4. The name of the .master page will be same as the .html page.

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