Creating a Publishing Site Collection

To create a new Publishing Site Collection, go to Admin –> SharePoint –> Site Collections and click on the New Private Site Collection button

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Now that you have a Publishing Site, you can start to customize it with your new Master Page. Your default home page will look like this:

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The Design Manager

If you click on “Design your site”, this will bring you to SharePoint 2013’s new Design Manager:

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You can also reach this screen by clicking on the settings menu at the top right hand of the page and clicking on Design Manager

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Mapping to the Master Page Directory

Click on Edit Master Pages and you will see a screen like this:

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To Convert an HTML file to a SharePoint master page. Click on that link and you will see this dialogue box:

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When you click on this you will access the same master page library that is used by the Design Manager.

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If you click on files you can then upload documents and create folders through the browser UI.