In Tip #103 I showed a way of customizing the start page in order to add the New Website and Open Website controls.  It turns out that using a loose XAML file as I did in that post is not the recommended practice; in fact, it’s recommended that you don’t do it that way.

The recommended practice is to create a Visual Studio extension, using the Custom Start Page template available from the Visual Studio gallery.

Using the new template, I have reproduced the start page with a VSIX package.  This will install on Visual Studio 2010 (Pro, Premium, Ultimate) and on Visual Web Developer 2010 Express.  To give it a go, try the new package here, with sources here

Thanks,

- Jimmy Lewis
SDET | Visual Web Developer team