The most popular type of site template used in most SharePoint 2007 deployments is the Team Site template. The Team Site template provides a great platform to facilitate collaboration among peers in a team or department. However, there is another type of site template which is best utilized in large Intranet and Internet sites. In both of these scenarios, you will want only a few people to control the content that’s being published. On the other hand, there is usually hundreds if not thousands of people who will be reading this content. For this scenario, a Publishing Site template is best utilized.  

A publishing site is a feature of SharePoint Server Standard or above. This concept was integrated into SharePoint Server when Content Management Server (no longer a product by itself) was rolled into SharePoint in the 2007 release. A publishing site has publishing pages which contain field controls in addition to web part zones and web parts. These pages reside in a very special library called Pages. The pages in the Pages library all derive from pre-defined page layouts which tell the page how to position its content on the page. For example, a page layout can have a placeholder on the top right of the page to hold a picture while another page layout can have a picture placeholder at the top left of the page, but the same content regions as the other page layouts. 

Watch this video to see the differences being pointed out in a Team Site and a Publishing Site: Publishing Sites vs Team Sites.

Lots more of the videos have been made available for you to preview for free on the site for this week. If you are interested in any of the topics below, check the videos out at: https://www.visualsp.com/all-free-videos/

  • Publishing Pages with Workflow in Publishing Sites 
  • Control Content Approval and Publishing on a Library with Approval Workflow 
  • Attach a SharePoint Designer Workflow to a Data View web part 
  • Create a Powerful SharePoint Designer Workflow – Part 2 
  • Initial Configuration of a new SharePoint Installation
  • Use Content Query and Site Aggregator web parts to roll up your data
  • Create a Master Detail relationship using web part connections
  • Configure Single Sign On
  • Create a Custom Search site
  • Customize List View Web Parts using SharePoint Designer
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