Set the default publishing page layout in SharePoint 2010


So we have heard a lot of the one click page creation available in SharePoint 2010 which would enable authors to create pages without having to enter lots of info. What is happening here is that on selecting the Create Page option from Site Actions, the page that comes up for authoring is the default page layout set for the site.
One drawback here is that to set the default page layout, you would need to modify the Onet.xml file in the site definition; there is no direct way you can do this from the UI. Even if we restrict the page layouts available for a site from the UI, the default always points to the property set for DefaultPageLayout under the publishing feature in the Onet.xml.

Now if only they came up with a UI to set that…

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