Default site templates

When you create a new site, you can choose from several templates that provide a starting point. The templates contain pages, lists, libraries, and other elements that can help your team work on projects, collaborate on documents, or manage meetings. You can add, remove, and customize the appearance of many elements, such as text, graphics, pages, lists, and libraries.



Team site

Select this site template when you want to create a site that teams can use to create, organize, and share information. The template includes:

  • Shared Documents library
  • Announcements list
  • Calendar
  • Team Discussion list
  • Contacts list
  • 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.

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Wiki site

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 then link together through keywords. As you edit the pages, a history is recorded, so that you can restore the content if necessary. A wiki site includes the following:

  • Wiki pages to create and edit
  • List of links on each page
  • Wiki Pages library (for storing and tracking wiki pages)

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.

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Blog site

Select this site template when you want to create a site where users can post information quickly and allow others 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:

  • Posts list (for storing blog posts)
  • Other Blogs list (for links to related blogs)
  • Categories list
  • Comments list
  • Links list (for links to related resources)
  • Photos (picture library)
  • Tools to manage your posts and other resources

Example use    An executive can use a blog site to share ideas and vision in an engaging journal format where employees can ask questions or add comments.

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Blank site

Select this site template when you want to create a site with a blank home page that you plan to customize. You can use a Web design program that is compatible with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007, to add interactive lists or any other features. This template includes:

  • Web Part Page
  • Site Image Web Part
  • Tools to insert other Web Parts

Example use    Use this template when you plan to create a custom site, and you don't want to use any of the existing templates, Web Parts (Web Part: A modular unit of information that consists of a title bar, a frame, and content. Web Parts are the basic building blocks of a Web Part Page.), lists, or libraries as a starting point.

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Document Workspace site

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:

  • Shared Documents library
  • Announcements list
  • Tasks list
  • Members list
  • 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.

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Basic Meeting Workspace site

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:

  • Objectives list
  • Attendees list
  • Agenda
  • Document Library

Example use    This template is a good choice for most general types of meetings, such as a weekly status meeting.

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Decision Workspace site

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:

  • Objectives list
  • Attendees list
  • Agenda
  • Document Library
  • Tasks list
  • Decisions list

Example use    This template 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.

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Social Meeting Workspace site

Select this site template when you want to create a site that helps you to plan and coordinate social occasions. The template includes:

  • Attendees list
  • Directions
  • Things To Bring list
  • Photos (picture library)

Example use    This template can help you to manage social occasions, such as a charity event or team party.

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Multipage Meeting Workspace site

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:

  • Objectives list
  • Attendees list
  • Agenda
  • Two pages that you can customize (you can add up to 10 pages per meeting)

Example use    You can use this template to 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.

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Blank Meeting Workspace site

Select this site template when you want to create a blank Meeting Workspace site to customize to your requirements. The template includes:

  • Web Part Page
  • Tools to insert Web Parts

Example use    Use this template when you plan to create a custom Meeting Workspace site, and you don't want to use any of the existing templates, Web Parts, or libraries as a starting point.

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Applies to:
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0