ASP.NET MVC 4: New template for web applications

I’m playing with ASP.NET MVC 4 Developer Preview. There is new default application template available for ASP.NET MVC 4 web applications. New template is modern, has better look than current one and has better support for different screen sizes. In this posting I will show you how new template looks like.

When you create new internet application and open it in your web browser then you will see this nice and simple page.

ASP.NET MVC 4 default template
ASP.NET MVC 4: Main page of new default web application.

The registration paged is shown in two different modes. When you click Register link then registration form is shown in dialog. You can also type in URL to registration view and then it it shown as usual page.

ASP.NET MVC 4 register form

New template provides different page layout for content pages. There’s no big header and you can also see menu on right.

ASP.NET MVC 4 about page

New template supports also adaptive rendering and looks nice also on devices with small screen. You can try it also with your browser by making browser window smaller.

ASP.NET MVC 4: Page looks nice also on small screens

New templates look better than old ones but I think there’s still room enough for improvements like hierarchical menus and more professional look. Although I can always find something to take on I still think that new template looks nice and you can use it at least in your in-house applications.

Gunnar Peipman

Gunnar Peipman is ASP.NET, Azure and SharePoint fan, Estonian Microsoft user group leader, blogger, conference speaker, teacher, and tech maniac. Since 2008 he is Microsoft MVP specialized on ASP.NET.

    4 thoughts on “ASP.NET MVC 4: New template for web applications

    • September 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      I like the new template. Much better then previous :)

    • September 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      I share the opinion that the new look is a way better than the old one.

      But what you mean by “hierarchical menus” and more professional look? By hierarchical menus you mean something like MvcSiteMapProvider provides?

    • September 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      It doesn’t matter if it is public web site, some portal or intranet application – you still need more than one level for navigation. It’s not nineties anymore :)

      By more professinal look I mean something that has more wow-effect on customers.

    • December 12, 2011 at 2:41 am

      Someone know if this template can be migrated to an 4 web application project?

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