Get started with the Windows SharePoint Services — Doctor template package

The Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services — Doctor template package helps you get started with building a SharePoint site for a doctor's office by using a predesigned Windows SharePoint Services template. The template package contains a FrontPage 2003 file designed to be restored to an empty Web site created on a computer running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Windows SharePoint Services technology. The template package also contains a Windows SharePoint Services database with sample data, cascading style sheet, FrontPage theme, and other image and graphic elements to provide design formatting for this sample SharePoint site for a doctor's office.

The process of implementing this template involves creating an empty site by using the .fwp template file and the restore features in FrontPage 2003 to build a SharePoint site that uses the predesigned template. You will complete the installation by making some minor configuration changes.

Requirements

You must have Administrator or Publishing permissions to a Windows SharePoint Services virtual server. You also must use FrontPage 2003 to modify or customize the sites that are created with Windows SharePoint Services. Your computer must be running Windows Server 2003 with the latest version of Windows SharePoint Services.

By using the backup and restore features in FrontPage 2003, you can access a Windows SharePoint Services template package that is easier to use, provides a better starting place, and saves you time when setting up your Windows SharePoint Services — Doctor template package. However, by using the restore feature, described in the instructions below, you may inadvertently overwrite existing content or data in a site if this feature is not used properly. Carefully follow the following instructions, and take extra care when applying the template file. Always restore the .fwp file to an empty site. Please refer to the following instructions.

Step 1: Create an empty site

The .zip file that you download contains the file SharePoint_doctor_v2.fwp. This file restores a prebuilt site to an empty Web site.

There are two options for starting your new Web site:

  • Option 1     Use this option if you would like your new site to be the parent or top-level SharePoint site.
  • Option 2     Use this option if you currently have a parent or top-level SharePoint site and you want to create a subsite under the main SharePoint site.

Option 1: New parent or top-level site

  1. Contact the server administrator who is responsible for the computer that is running Windows Server 2003 with Windows SharePoint Services.
  2. Ask the administrator to create a new top-level Web site by using the SharePoint Central Administration tool.

The Central Administration tool gives you a URL for opening the new top-level Web site after it has been created. Do not open the new site in a Web browser.

  1. To open the new empty top-level Web site in FrontPage 2003, click File, and then click Open Site.
  2. In the Site name field, type the URL for your SharePoint site. For example, http://www.adatum.com.
  3. Click Open. FrontPage attempts to open your new site.
  4. Type your user name and password information if necessary.
  5. Go to "Step 2: Apply the SharePoint Doctor template by using Restore."

Option 2: New site under parent site

  1. To open the root parent site where you want to create your subsite, in FrontPage 2003, click File and then click Open Site.
  2. In the Site name field, type the URL for your new SharePoint site. For example, http://www.adatum.com.
  3. Click Open. FrontPage attempts to open your Web site.

If necessary, type your user name and password.

  1. In the Folder List column, right-click the top folder.
  2. Point to Select New, and then click Subsite.
  3. In the Web Site Templates dialog box, click Empty Web Site.

The right side of the Web Site Templates dialog box has a box named Specify the location of the new Web site. In this box, a URL similar to http://www.adatum.com/subsite should appear.

  1. Change the subsite name to the name you want your new site to use. For example, http://www.adatum.com/mysite.
  2. Click OK. A new empty site is built, and a new FrontPage session showing the empty site is opened.
  3. Go to "Step 2: Apply the SharePoint Doctor template by using Restore."

Step 2: Apply the SharePoint Doctor template by using Restore

  1. With your Web site open, click Tools, point to Server, and then click Restore Web Site.
  2. Select the FrontPage 2003 backup file, which is titled sharepoint_doctor_v2.fwp, and then click Open.
  3. Click OK to restore the template to your site.

Step 3: Reconnecting the hyperlinks in lists on the home page

When starting with this template, the title links in the data view lists (on default.aspx) are not configured to link to the proper location on the SharePoint site. You need to re-establish the connection between the links in the lists and their corresponding display form in SharePoint. On the default.aspx page in FrontPage, a FrontPage comment (in purple font) that shows specifically what lists need to be updated is shown.

Also, in the SharePoint Doctor template, you must update the Announcements and Events lists. To re-establish the links:

  1. In FrontPage, double-click default.aspx to open it. This is the home page of your Web site.
  2. Right-click the (bold) titles. You need only to select and update one link in each list.
  3. Click Format Item as, point to Hyperlink to, and then click Display Form.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each list.
  5. Save the page when you are finished.

You need to perform the preceding procedure only once and only for the lists on the home page of your Web site.

 Tip   You can preview your new SharePoint site in a Web browser as you work on it. On the File menu, point to Preview in Browser, and click Microsoft Internet Explorer. When Internet Explorer starts, your Web page opens. You should refresh your browser often while you modify your Web page so that you can see how your site will appear when it is live.

Step 4: Reapplying the theme

In some cases, the theme associated with this template may not appear to apply to the new SharePoint site. If you view the site in a browser, the site should have formatting that indicates that the theme is applied.

 Note   Reapplying the theme can't damage your site, so if you are in doubt reapply the theme.

To ensure that the theme is showing properly in FrontPage, perform the following steps:

  1. On the Format menu, click Theme.

On the right side of the FrontPage window, the Theme task pane opens. Under Web site default theme, the SharePoint Doctor 2003 theme appears at the top of the list.

  1. Move the pointer over the image, and click the drop-down arrow that appears.
  2. Select Apply to selected page(s).
  3. Close the default page, and then reopen it. Notice that the theme is now showing on the page in FrontPage.

Working with the template

Here are tips for working with some of the features of the SharePoint Doctor template.

ShowViewing the new default page

The medical office template contains a new default page to create the template design. Note that this original default page has been renamed to default_original.aspx. You can view the original default page in a Web browser by typing the address in Internet Explorer. You can also choose to add this page to the navigation bars.

ShowCustomizing link bars

Many places within the template use custom link bars. The two primary link bars are the Quick Launch (home page) and SharePoint Top Nav Bar. To modify these link bars in FrontPage 2003:

  1. Right-click the link bar that you would like to modify, and then click Link Bar Properties.
  2. In the properties dialog box, you can do the following:
    • To add a link on the link bar, click Add link.
    • To remove a link on the link bar, select the link in the list of links, and then click Remove link.
    • To modify the text that a link displays or change the page that it links to, click Modify link.
    • To change the order of links, select the link, and then click the Move up and Move down buttons.

 Note   Updating a link bar updates the link bar on all the pages where it is used.

ShowFrontPage themes

You can apply FrontPage themes to Web pages or Web sites created by using FrontPage or Windows SharePoint Services. Themes provide sites with consistent fonts, formatting, bullets, and other design elements across all of the pages on which they are used. For the Windows SharePoint Services — Doctor template package, a custom theme is provided so that you can easily apply a theme to your own site. Keep in mind that themes change the fonts and formatting of your pre-existing content; themes don't create new pages or new content on your pages.

 Note   If you want to use the custom theme on SharePoint Services site, you can create the site first and then apply the theme. Note that the same FrontPage theme can be used on SharePoint Services sites.

ShowCascading style sheets

A cascading style sheet (CSS) performs most of the functions that FrontPage themes provide. You can apply a CSS to Web pages or Web sites created with FrontPage or Windows SharePoint Services. A CSS provides sites with consistent fonts, formatting, bullets, and other design elements across all of the pages on which they are used. For the SharePoint Doctor template, a CSS is used within the FrontPage theme. This provides the best of both design-tool options.

Conclusion

The Windows SharePoint Services — Doctor template package provides you with a quick and easy way to create and customize a SharePoint site designed for your doctor's office.

 
 
Applies to:
Deployment Center 2003, FrontPage 2003, Windows Sharepoint Services 2.0