Default site templates
When you create a new Office SharePoint Server 2007 site, you can start by selecting one of several different kinds of site templates. The site templates included in Office SharePoint Server 2007 contain pages, lists, libraries, and other elements or features that support specific content publishing, content management, records management, or business intelligence needs your organization may have.
The site templates available in Office SharePoint Server 2007 are grouped into the following categories: Collaboration, Meetings, Enterprise, and Publish. For more information about what features the templates in each of these categories provide, see the following sections.
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The site templates in the Collaboration group are designed to help teams within an organization work on projects, collaborate on documents, or share information.
Select this site template when you want to create a site that teams can use to create, organize, and share information. The template includes a document library, an announcements list, a calendar, a contacts list, and a links list.
Example use This all-purpose template can meet a diverse range of needs. It can store long-term routine information for a single department, or short-term information from a special project that spans several departments. For example, a marketing department can store and manage its planning and budget documents, track issues and tasks, and share its links and contacts.
Select this site template when you want to create a site with a blank home page that you plan to customize. You can use Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to add lists or any other features. This template includes a site image Web Part and tools to insert other Web Parts.
Example use A Blank site can help you when you plan to create a custom site, and you don't want to use any of the existing templates, Web Parts, lists, or libraries as a starting point.
Select this site template when you want to create a site that helps you to coordinate the development of one or more related documents with other people. The site template provides tools to share and update files and to keep people informed about the status of those files. It includes a document library, an announcements list, a tasks list, a members list, and a links list.
Example use A Document Workspace site can help you to work with other people on a document or a set of documents. You can also use a Document Workspace site to publish announcements, assign tasks, share relevant links, and receive alerts about changes to site content.
Select this site template when you want to create a site where users can quickly and easily add, edit, and link Web pages. The template provides pages that users can quickly edit to record information and link together through keywords. As you edit the pages, a history is recorded, so that you can restore content if necessary. A Wiki site includes Wiki pages, a links list, and a Wiki page library.
Example use A Wiki site can serve as a community site where your organization can brainstorm and share ideas for a new project. In a Wiki site, it is easy to create and format pages, so that people can easily work with each other to record information.
Select this site template when you want to create a site where users can post information quickly and allow other people to comment on it. Sometimes known as weblogs, blogs are online journals where you can share your ideas quickly in an informal, chronological format. A Blog site includes a posts list for storing blog posts, a blogs list for links to other blogs, a categories list, a comments list, a links list for links to related resources, a photo library, and tools to manage your posts and other resources.
Example use A Blog site can help Executives to share their ideas and vision in an engaging journal format, where their employees can ask questions or add comments.
The site templates in the Meetings group are designed to help teams within an organization manage different kinds of meetings. The templates in this group support everything from basic meetings to decision-focused meetings or even social events.
Basic Meeting Workspace
Select this site template when you want to create a site that helps you to plan, organize, and track your meeting with the rest of your team. The template includes an objectives list, an attendees list, an agenda, and a document library.
Example use A Basic Meeting Workspace site is a good choice for most general types of meetings, such as a weekly status meeting.
Blank Meeting Workspace
Select this site template when you want to create a blank Meeting Workspace site for you to customize, based on your requirements. The template includes a page that you can add content to and customize.
Example use A Blank Meeting Workspace site helps you create a custom Meeting Workspace site, and you don't want to use any of the existing templates, Web Parts, lists, or libraries as a starting point.
Decision Meeting Workspace
Select this site template when you want to create a site that is ideal for reviewing documents and recording any decisions that are reached at the meeting. The template includes an objectives list, an attendees list, an agenda, a document library, a tasks list, and a decisions list.
Example use A Decision Meeting Workspace site provides tools to help teams reach and record decisions and record action items. This is a good template to use if you want your team to stay focused on the outcome of the meeting.
Social Meeting Workspace
Select this site template when you want to create a site that helps you to plan and coordinate social occasions. The template includes an attendees list, directions, an image/log, a Things To Bring list, and a picture library for photos.
Example use A Social Meeting Workspace site can help you to manage social occasions, such as a charity event or team party.
Multipage Meeting Workspace
Select this site template when you want to create a site that helps you to plan, organize, and capture the results of a complex meeting or a series of meetings. The template includes an objectives list, an attendees list, an agenda, and two pages that can be customized (you can add up to 10 pages per meeting).
Example use A Multipage Meeting Workspace can help you to manage involved meetings that require in-depth supporting materials that you want to store on separate pages, such as pages to manage projects or track issues.
The site templates in the Enterprise group are designed to support enterprise-level document management, records management, and information management needs.
Select this site template when you want to create a single site to centrally manage all of the documents in your enterprise. A Document Center site is optimized for creating and using large numbers of documents. The features of this template include:
Relevant Documents Web Part that generates a personalized view of documents checked out by, created by, or last modified by the current user. You can configure the Web Part to use more than one criterion.
Upcoming Tasks Web Part that generates a personalized view of document-related tasks assigned to the current user.
Tree View navigation to facilitate content discovery and navigation.
Recommended document management features are enabled by default (for example, major and minor versioning, required check out, and support for multiple content types).
Example use A Document Center can help you create a large-scale authoring environment in which users actively edit 50,000 or more documents across 500 or more folders. Versioning is enabled, and typically ten or more previous versions of each document exist. Documents are checked in and out frequently and workflows are used to control their life cycles. Twenty or more content types might be in use in the site.
Select this site template when you want to create a site to implement records management in your organization. The Records Center is intended to serve as a central repository in which an organization can store and manage all of its records. It supports the entire records management process, from records collection through records management to records disposition. Typically, a Records Center site is designed and configured by an organization's records management professionals and Information Technology (IT) staff to support an organization's file plan. This template includes:
Vault abilities to help ensure the integrity of the records stored within it.
Information management policy enforcement.
Holds list to suspend records subject to litigation or investigation from expiration or destruction.
Record Routing list to automatically route records that are submitted to the Records Center to the proper location.
Unclassified Records library to store records submitted to the Records Center that do not match any other Record Routing entry.
Example use A Records Center site can help you implement the records management strategy and file plan for your organization. This site can help support your organization's compliance with governmental or legal regulations pertaining to the retention and handling of specific kinds of documents. Content can be submitted to the Records Center through a Web service by using the SOAP protocol or through e-mail by using the SMTP protocol.
Select this site template when you want to create a site for delivering personalized views, data, and navigation from this site collection into My Site. It includes personalization specific Web Parts and navigation that is optimized for My Site sites.
Example use A Personalization site can help when you want to expose content that is personalized for or targeted to individual users on their My Sites.
Select this site template when you want to create a site that lists and categorizes important sites in your organization. It includes different views for categorized sites, top sites, and a site map.
Example use A Site Directory can help you if you want to provide site visitors with a central place to view or locate all of the sites in your site collection.
Select this site template when you want to create a site for the creation, management, and delivery of Web pages, dashboards, and key performance indicators (KPIs) that communicate metrics, goals, and business intelligence information. The Report Center site provides a central location for business-intelligence-related information. This template includes special document libraries for storing reports, lists, and connections to external data sources. It also provides access to page templates and Web Parts to help you create pages and lists that contain business information. Within the Report Center, users can search for items by using categories, view a calendar of upcoming reports, and subscribe to reports that are relevant.
Example use A Report Center can help you create a live, interactive business intelligence (BI) portal that assembles and displays business information from disparate sources, using integrated BI capabilities such as dashboards, Web Parts, KPIs, and business data connectivity technologies. This site provides users with a single place to find the latest reports, spreadsheets, or KPIs.
Search Center with tabs
Select this template when you want to create a site to deliver the search experience. The main Welcome page features a simple search box in the center of the page. The site includes two tabs: one for general searches and another for searches for information about people. You can add and customize tabs to focus on other search scopes or result types.
Example use A Search Center can help to return items only on your site, eliminating returns that don't apply to your search. You can also search different collections of information separately by using tabs.
Select this site template when you want to create a site to deliver the search experience. The main Welcome page features a simple search box in the center of the page. The site includes pages for search results and advanced search.
Example use A Search Center can help to return items only on your site, eliminating returns that don't apply to your search.
My Site Host
Select this site template when you want to create a site that is used for hosting My Sites.
The site templates in the Publish group enable organizations to design, deploy, and manage enterprise intranet portals, corporate Internet Presence Web sites, and divisional portal sites. The portal components also make it easy to connect to people within the organization who have the right skills, knowledge, and project experience. The site templates in the Publish group all have publishing features enabled, including the page editing toolbar, content editor, and check out.
Select this site template if you want to create a blank Web site and quickly publish Web pages. This template includes document and image libraries for storing Web publishing assets. Contributors can work on draft versions of pages and publish them to make them visible to readers. The site includes document and image libraries for storing Web publishing assets.
Example use Create a Publishing site if you want to add a Press Release section to your Web site where the five most recent press release Web pages are automatically displayed on Welcome page. You can create and edit the press release Web pages by using a browser. Use the HTML Editor to format your content, and select links and images for your pages from libraries. Use the Content Query Web Part to present specific press release Web pages on the Welcome page.
Publishing site with workflow
Select this site template when you want to create a site for publishing Web pages on a schedule by using approval workflows. It includes document and image libraries for storing Web publishing assets. By default, only Publishing subsites can be created under this site.
Example use A Publishing site can help with Workflow when you want to create a site to display technical articles that must be reviewed by subject matter experts before they can be published.
Select this site template when you want to create a site to deliver news articles and links to news articles quickly and easily. It includes sample news page layouts and an archive for storing older news items. It also features an easy-to-use layout for readers and news providers. This site template also includes two Web Parts that enable efficient news delivery: RSS Viewer, and This Week in Pictures.
Example use A News site can help you to create a single place to facilitate the delivery of news or information. A News Site displays up-to-date information for an entire organization.
Select this site if you want to create a starter site hierarchy for an intranet divisional portal. It includes a home page, a News site, a Site Directory, and a Search Center with Tabs. Typically, this site has nearly as many contributors as readers and is used to host team sites.
Example use A Collaboration Portal can help when you want to create a divisional portal where employees can collaborate and publish documents and Web pages.
Select this template if you want to create a starter site hierarchy for an Internet-facing site or a large intranet portal. This site can be customized easily with distinctive branding. It includes a home page, a sample press releases subsite, a Search Center, and a login page. Typically this site has many more readers than contributors, and it is used to publish Web pages with approval workflows. By default, you can create only publishing subsites with workflow under sites that you create by using this site template.
Example use A Publishing Portal can help create a starter site to give your organization a public presence on the Internet. Alternatively, create an enterprise intranet portal where employees can read and find information.