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In large Web sites, there are generally just a couple of unique page layouts. In the past, developers had to duplicate large chunks of code on each page. Doing so made the site hard to maintain and difficult to change on a global scale. This tended to be an issue even when using include files, as it was difficult to pass page-specific information down the chain. To the rescue are the .NET Web User Controls and their ability to interact with a parent page's exposed custom properties. Through an assortment of referenced custom controls, the look and layout of a site can be enforced and page differences can be controlled from one location on the parent page. Additionally, global site changes can then be made by simply changing a single control. In this article, I assume that you are familiar with the creation of ASP.NET WebForm pages and Web User Controls, and the use o... (more)