Ghosting vs Unghosting

By | August 15, 2018

There are 2 types of pages in SharePoint.

  • Ghosted pages
  • Unghosted Pages


Content pages which can not be customized are called as ghosted pages. This page does not really exist as a single entity, it’s the combination of physical page template and a set of content from the content database. Ghosted pages are retrieved from file system when requested.

Ex: Application pages are always ghosted pages.

Application pages reside in SharePoint root folder or SharePoint hive or 15 hive, the path isĀ %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\WebServer Extensions\15.


Content pages which can be customized are called as unghosted pages. Administrators and Power users can use SharePoint designer to customize content pages within a site collection. If this customization includes changes to the physical page template, the becomes the unghosted. The entire ASPX page resides in content database and retrieved when requested.

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