10/11/2011 9:00 AM by Chris Wright
A client recently asked me what the difference was between some of the out of the box SharePoint templates. This is basic stuff, but it is often difficult to find a reference guide, so here are some basics.. or at least part 1 of the basics. I'll follow up this post soon if people think it is useful.
Team siteThis is the template that most users build sites from, and you will recognise it from the pictures of random office workers on the right hand side:
Above: A team site with no modifications
- A number of predefined lists
- A number of predefined webparts on the page
The main page of the team site is a wiki page, new to SharePoint 2010, which means you can edit directly onto the page. It is split into two columns (roughly 2/3 and 1/3) and contains some text and images and a document library webpart.
Blank siteA blank site is a team site (same two column layout) with all lists and webparts stripped out. Its blank. Hence the name.
Document workspaceThis site is designed to make working with documents a little easier and more intuitive for groups of people:
Above: A document workspace
The page layout is a full width column at the top, with the familiar 2/3 1/3 column split below. You get the following webparts - Announcements, Shared Documents, Tasks, and Members.
The Members webpart shows people with permissions on this site, but it can be configured to show people in a particular SharePoint group.
Meeting workspaceThe meeting workspace template stands out as it doesn't use the popular 'quicklaunch' bar that most site templates uses. As a result the page content spans the full width of the screen. SharePoint is often trumpeted as a collaboration platform, and it is templates like this one that go some way to fulfilling this role:
Above: A meeting workspace
All the lists respective webparts are included on the page, which is split into three vertical columns.
There are a number of alternative versions of this site template:
- Decision meeting workspace - Adds Decision and Task lists
- Social meeting workspace - Adds a Picture Library, Directions list, Things to Bring list, and a discussion board. This site template is aimed at face to face meetings.
- Multipage meeting workspace - Same as the main meeting workspace template but this site supports multiple pages, and brings back the quicklaunch bar to help with navigation.
- Blank meeting workspace - Same as the main meeting workspace, but no lists or webparts
Blog templateThis is an improved version of the SharePoint 2007 blog template:
Keep an eye out for part 2, when I'll look at some of the remaining site templates (contacts, issues, projects and more).
There is more on site templates on the official Microsoft site here.