A: Yes, it's possible to use a custom page as a home page. You can set it in multiple ways:

 

  • If you have enabled the Publishing features on your site, or your site was created from a Publishing template, then you can just go to Site Actions, Site Settings and click Welcome Page, then select a page.
  • You can open the site in SharePoint Designer, right-click any .ASPX page, and select Set as Home Page.
  • If you're a developer, you can set the home page by using code. See the MSDN page "SPFolder.WelcomePage property" for more information.
  • If you're a SharePoint administrator, you can use a Windows PowerShell script to select a master page:
                              $site = Get-SPSite http://yourserver/sites/yoursite                              $web = $site.RootWeb                                      (or $web = $site.OpenWeb("yoursubsite")                              $folder = $web.RootFolder                              $folder.WelcomePage = "SitePages/home.aspx"                                      (or  $folder.WelcomePage = "default.aspx")                                      (or  $folder.WelcomePage = "Shared%20Documents/mycustomwebpartpage.aspx")                              $folder.update()                              $web.Dispose()                              $site.Dispose()

 

For SharePoint 2007, replace the first line of the above script with the following:

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint")
$site = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite("http://yourserver/sites/yoursite")