Sharepoint 2013 Site Templates Comparison Essay

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Today i will talk about SharePoint Site Templates, and explain the main difference between each template and how it is extremely important to have in mind what each version can offer you in terms of features and capabilities to meets your business needs.

So the first thing you must know is there are 3 main categories of templates:

  • Collaboration
  • Enterprise
  • Publishing

For each category you have different site types, when you create a new site the “site type” define the purpose of the new one and includes all the features.

Collaboration site templates:
  • Team Site – This template can be  used when you what organize and share information with your team or project members, this template includes lists and libraries for: Share Documents, Announcements, Calendars, Links, Tasks, Discussion Board.

  • Blog Site – This template can be  used when you what announce company announcements, post ideas, observations, expertise with your team organization. It is easy  start a new blog, including Comments and Links.

  • Project Site – With this site template it is so much easy to manage your projects, it is an upgrade of Team Site but this one have more functionalities including Projects Summary, Task Lists. Calendar Sharing, Task Scheduler, Visual Timeline of the Project’s Tasks.

  • Community Site – It is more than a Blog Site, this template you can create a place where you can discuss topics that you have in common with others team members, it is more easy and you have more benefits over email, with a full retention of discussion history in compliance with corporate guidelines.
Enterprise site templates:
  • Document Center Site – This template is indicated when you want manage large numbers of documents, it is more easy create folderstructures and use file versions also you can use workflows to control document life cycles.

  • Records Center Site –This template is indicated when you what organize, store and manage records such as legal or financial documents, the site includes versioning, auditing, metadata management, eDiscovery feature to help manage records more effectively.

  • Business Intelligence (BI) Center Site –This is one of my favorite site template, you can store, manage, share and view business reports,scorecards and dashboards. This template includes Performance Point Service, a service very important to build dashboards inside of SharePoint.

  • Search Center (Enterprise or Basic) Site – A template dedicated to search features where you can search and apply refiners to your search results.

Publishing site templates:
  • Publishing Site – The template indicated when you want create enterprise intranets, communication portals and public websites. This template by default have publishing features enable including Page Layouts, Column Types, Web Parts, Lists and very important Documents and image libraries for storing web publishing assets.

  • Publishing Site with Workflow – Use the Publishing site with workflow to publish web pages on a schedule by using approval workflows. It includes document and image libraries for storing web publishing assets.

  • Enterprise Wiki – It is a publishing site for sharing and updating large volumes of information across an enterprise,  your organization can centralized knowledge repository.

The follow table show all Templates available for each SharePoint version.

Category
Site Type
Template ID
Site Collection
Site
SharePoint Server 2013
SharePoint Foundation 2013
SharePoint Server 2016
SharePoint Online
CollaborationTeamSTS#0YesYesYesYesYesYes
CollaborationBlogBLOG#0YesYesYesYesYesYes
CollaborationProjectPROJECTSITE#0YesYesYesNoYesYes
CollaborationCommunitySPSCOMMU#0YesYesYesNoYesYes
EnterpriseDocument CenterBDR#0YesYesYesNoYesYes
EnterpriseRecords CenterOFFILE#1YesYesYesNoYesYes
EnterpriseBusiness Intelligence CenterBICenterSite#0YesYesYesNoYesYes
EnterpriseEnterprise Search CenterSRCHCEN#0YesYesYesNoYesYes
EnterpriseBasic Search CenterSRCHCENTERLITE#0NoYesYesNoYesYes
PublishingPublishing SiteBLANKINTERNET#0NoYesYesNoYesYes
PublishingPublishing Site with WorkflowBLANKINTERNET#2NoYesYesNoYesYes
PublishingEnterprise  WikiENTERWIKI#0NoYesYesNoNoYes

 

Also you have different types of site template variation, the following table show ALL the Template ID available, and you can you use powershell command to create them.

New-SPWeb http://createIT/blog -Template "BLOG#0"
Template ID
Title
GLOBAL#0Global template
STS#0Team Site
STS#1Blank Site
STS#2Document Workspace
MPS#0Basic Meeting Workspace
MPS#1Blank Meeting Workspace
MPS#2Decision Meeting Workspace
MPS#3Social Meeting Workspace
MPS#4Multipage Meeting Workspace
CENTRALADMIN#0Central Admin Site
WIKI#0Wiki Site
BLOG#0Blog
SGS#0Group Work Site
TENANTADMIN#0Tenant Admin Site
APP#0App Template
APPCATALOG#0App Catalog Site
ACCSRV#0Access Services Site
ACCSRV#1Assets Web Database
ACCSRV#3Charitable Contributions Web Database
ACCSRV#4Contacts Web Database
ACCSRV#5Projects Web Database
ACCSRV#6Issues Web Database
ACCSVC#0Access Services Site Internal
ACCSVC#1Access Services Site
BDR#0Document Center
DEV#0Developer Site
DOCMARKETPLACESITE#0Academic Library
EDISC#0eDiscovery Center
EDISC#1eDiscovery Case
OFFILE#0(obsolete) Records Center
OFFILE#1Records Center
OSRV#0Shared Services Administration Site
PPSMASite#0PerformancePoint
BICenterSite#0Business Intelligence Center
SPS#0SharePoint Portal Server Site
SPSPERS#0SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space
SPSPERS#2Storage And Social SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space
SPSPERS#3Storage Only SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space
SPSPERS#4Social Only SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space
SPSPERS#5Empty SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space
SPSMSITE#0Personalization Site
SPSTOC#0Contents area Template
SPSTOPIC#0Topic area template
SPSNEWS#0News Site
CMSPUBLISHING#0Publishing Site
BLANKINTERNET#0Publishing Site
BLANKINTERNET#1Press Releases Site
BLANKINTERNET#2Publishing Site with Workflow
SPSNHOME#0News Site
SPSSITES#0Site Directory
SPSCOMMU#0Community area template
SPSREPORTCENTER#0Report Center
SPSPORTAL#0Collaboration Portal
SRCHCEN#0Enterprise Search Center
PROFILES#0Profiles
BLANKINTERNETCONTAINER#0Publishing Portal
SPSMSITEHOST#0My Site Host
ENTERWIKI#0Enterprise Wiki
PROJECTSITE#0Project Site
PRODUCTCATALOG#0Product Catalog
COMMUNITY#0Community Site
COMMUNITYPORTAL#0Community Portal
SRCHCENTERLITE#0Basic Search Center
SRCHCENTERLITE#1Basic Search Center
SRCHCENTERFAST#0FAST Search Center
VISPRUS#0Visio Process Repository

 

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Using templates to create different kinds of SharePoint sites
SharePoint templates and their IDs

Thanks

Fábio Carvalho
SharePoint Consultant
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Blog SiteBusiness Intelligence (BI) Center SiteCommunity SiteDocument Center SiteEnterprise WikiProject SitePublishing SiteRecords Center SiteSearch Center (Enterprise or Basic) SiteSharePoint 2013SharePoint 2016SharePoint OnlineSite Templates

You create a site collection to host sites that are going to have something in common. For example, the sites might be in a common administrative boundary or share common branding. The site collection might be created to house all the sites and content for a business unit. Or, a single site collection might have become too large to manage, and it must be split into smaller ones. Lastly, some site collections are created exclusively to host specific SharePoint 2013 functionality, such as Enterprise Search Center or to host My Sites. Site collections are a way of organizing sites for a common purpose.

SharePoint 2013 supports two types of site collections: host-named site collections and path-based site collections. In a path-based site collection, all the subsites in the site collection will share a root or parent URL (DNS name). For example, Team A could have a site collection at http://contoso.com/sites/teamA, and Team B would have a site collection at http://contoso/sites/teamB. All sites in either site collection would have the http://contoso.com/sites/teamA or /teamB root. The only way to have a different URL root is to create a different web application.

To better align with SharePoint Online best practices, you should use host-named site collections. Host-named site collections allow you to assign custom names to each site collection that you create in a web application. For example, you can have two site collections in the same web application addressed like this: http://TeamA.contoso.com and http://TeamB.contoso.com. This is much more scalable and has been heavily tested in SharePoint Online. For more information about planning host-named site collections, see Host-named site collection architecture and deployment (SharePoint 2013).

Because site collections and sites exist in a parent-child relationship, there are aspects of control and functionality that can be configured at the site collection level and used at the site level. This provides many benefits as follows:

  • For site designers, a site collection's galleries and libraries (such as the Master Page Gallery or the Site Collection Images library) provide a means for creating a unified, branded user experience across all sites in the site collection.

  • For site collection administrators, a site collection provides a unified mechanism and scope for administration. For example, security, policies, and features can be managed for a whole site collection; Site Collection Web Analytics Reports, audit log reports, and other data can help administrators track site collection security and performance.

  • For farm administrators, site collections can be moved between content databases. By doing this, farm administrators can manage the size of their content databases.

  • For site authors, shared site columns, content types, Web Parts, authoring resources, workflows, and other site collection features provide a consistent authoring environment.

  • For site users, a site collection's unified navigation, branding, and search tools provide a unified website experience.

Every site collection starts out as a single, top-level site. Because it is a site, its structure and functionality is based on a site template. SharePoint 2013 provides many site templates for your use. You can also create and use your own as needed. SharePoint 2013 includes the ability to present sites in the style of SharePoint 2010 Products or the style of SharePoint 2013. The following table describes the 2013 experience version site templates that are available in SharePoint 2013.

Table: 2013 experience version site templates in SharePoint 2013

Type Name Description Availability

Collaboration

Team Site

A place to work together with a group of people.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Blog

A site for a person or team to post ideas, observations, and expertise that site visitors can comment on.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Develop Site

A site for developers to build, test, and publish apps for Office.

Site collection only, Server and Foundation

Project Site

A site for managing and collaborating on a project. This site template brings all status, communication, and artifacts relevant to the project into one place.

Site collection and site, Server only

Community Site

A place where community members discuss topics of common interest. Members can browse and discover relevant content by exploring categories, sorting discussions, by popularity or by viewing only posts that have a best reply. Members gain reputation points by participating in the community, such as starting discussions and replying to them, liking posts, and specifying best replies.

Site collection and site, Server only

Enterprise

Document Center

A site to centrally manage documents in your enterprise.

Site collection and site, Server only

eDiscovery Center

A site to manage the preservation, search, and export of content for legal matters and investigations.

Site collection only, Server only

Records Center

This template creates a site designed for records management. Records managers can configure the routing table to direct incoming files to specific locations. The site also lets you manage whether records can be deleted or modified after they are added to the repository.

Site collection and site, Server only

Business Intelligence Center

A site for presenting Business Intelligence content.

Site collection and site, Server only

Enterprise Search Center

A site focused on delivering an enterprise-wide search experience.

Note:
Search Centers should be separate site collections because they search for information across a company portal or division. If you create a Search Center as a subsite, you might have to create some workarounds for a full customization. For more information, see Customizing the Search Center in the MSDN Library.

Site collection and site, Server only

My Site Host

A site used for hosting personal sites (My Sites) and the public People Profile page.

Site collection only, Server only

Community Portal

A site for discovering communities.

Site collection only, Server only

Basic Search Center

A site focused on delivering a basic search experience. It includes a welcome page with a search box that connects users to a search results page and an advanced search page. This Search Center will not appear in navigation.

Note:
Search Centers should be separate site collections because they search for information across a company portal or division. If you create a Search Center as a subsite, you might have to create some workarounds for a full customization. For more information, see Customizing the Search Center in the MSDN Library.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Visio Process Repository

A site for viewing, sharing, and storing Visio process diagrams. It includes a versioned document library and templates for Basic Flowcharts, Cross-functional Flowcharts, and BPMN diagrams.

Note:
The Visio Process Repository site template will be removed in the next version of SharePoint Server.

Site collection and site, Server only

Publishing

Publishing Portal

A starter hierarchy for an Internet-facing site or a large intranet portal. This site can be customized easily with distinctive branding. Typically, this site has many more readers than contributors and it is used to publish web pages with approval workflows.

Site collection only, Server only

Enterprise Wiki

A site for publishing knowledge that you capture and want to share across the enterprise.

Site collection and site, Server only

Product Catalog

A site for managing product catalog data that can be published to an Internet-facing site through search.

Site collection only, Server only

Publishing site

A blank site for expanding your website and quickly publishing web pages. 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.

Site only, Server only

Publishing Site with workflow

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 sites with this template can be created under this site.

Site only, Server only

Custom

<Select template later…>

Create an empty site and pick a template for the site at a later time.

Site collection only, Server and Foundation

The following table describes the 2010 experience version site templates that are available in SharePoint 2013.

Table: 2010 experience version site templates in SharePoint 2013

Type Name Description Availability

Collaboration

Team Site

Same functionality as the 2013 Team site.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Blank Site

A blank site for you to customize based on your requirements.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Document Workspace

A site for colleagues to work together on a document. It provides a document library for storing the primary document and supporting files.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Blog

Same functionality as the 2013 Blog site.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Group Work Site

This template provides a groupware solution that enables teams to create, organize, and share information. It includes a Group Calendar, Circulation, Phone-Call Memo, a document library, and other basic lists.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Visio Process Repository

Same functionality as the 2013 Visio Process Repository.

Site collection and site, Server only

Meetings

Basic Meeting Workspace

A site to plan, organize, and capture the results of a meeting. It provides lists for managing the agenda, meeting attendees, and documents.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Blank Meeting Workspace

A blank meeting site for you to customize based on your requirements.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Decision Meeting Workspace

A site for meetings that track status or make decisions. It provides lists for creating tasks, storing documents, and recording decisions.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Social Meeting Workspace

A site to plan social occasions. It provides lists for tracking attendees, providing directions, and storing pictures of the event.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Multipage Meeting Workspace

A site to plan, organize, and capture the results of a meeting. It provides lists for managing the agenda and meeting attendees in addition to two blank pages for you to customize based on your requirements.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

Enterprise

Document Center

A site to centrally manage documents in your enterprise.

Site collection and site, Server only

Records Center

This template creates a site designed for records management. Records managers can configure the routing table to direct incoming files to specific locations.

Site collection and site, Server only

Business Intelligence Center

Same functionality as the 2013 Business Intelligence site.

Site collection only, Server only

Enterprise Search Center

A site for delivering the search experience. It includes a search box with scopes for general searches and for people searches. You can add and customize tabs to focus on other search scopes or result types.

Site collection and site, Server only

My Site Host

Same functionality as the 2013 My Site Host site.

Site collection only, Server only

Basic Search Center

A site for delivering the search experience. The site includes pages for search results and advanced searches.

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation

FAST Search Center

A site for delivering the FAST search experience.

Site collection and site, Server only

Publishing

Publishing Portal

Same functionality as the 2013 Publishing Portal site.

Site collection only, Server only

Enterprise Wiki

Same functionality as the 2013 Enterprise Wiki site.

Site collection only, Server only

Publishing Site with Workflow

Same functionality as the 2013 Publishing Site with Workflow site.

2010 site only, Server only

Custom

<Select template later…>

Same functionality as the 2013 <Select template later…> option.

Site collection only, Server and Foundation

Web Databases

Assets Web Database

Create an assets database to keep track of assets, including asset details and owners.

2010 site only

Charitable Contributions Web Database

Create a database to track information about fundraising campaigns including donations made by contributors, campaign-related events, and pending tasks.

2010 site only

Contacts Web Database

Create a contacts database to manage information about people that your team works with, such as customer and partner.

2010 site only

Issues Web Database

Create an issues database to manage a set of issues or problems. You can assign, prioritize, and follow the progress of issues from start to finish.

2010 site only

Projects Web Database

Create a project tracking database to track multiple projects and assign tasks to different people.

2010 site only

Note:
The Web Databases site templates that are available through the 2010 experience sites in SharePoint 2013 are no longer available in the 2013 experience sites in SharePoint 2013. In SharePoint 2013, you create an Access database by creating a new app, instead of creating a site. For more information, see Overview of apps for SharePoint 2013.
Important:
Some SharePoint 2010 Products site templates, such as the Document Workspace Site templates, were deprecated and are not available as an option in SharePoint 2013. Existing sites that were created by using these deprecated site templates and then upgraded will continue to operate in SharePoint 2013. The deprecated site templates will be removed completely from the next version of SharePoint. For more information, and to see a complete list of deprecated site templates, see Changes from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013.

Examples of solutions that benefit from being implemented as site collections are as follows:

  • Team collaboration site   A site collection to support authoring and collaboration tasks. Often, this kind of site includes collaborative content that is not published but only used internally. For example, a team collaboration site collection might contain a site for each team in your organization to use to plan projects, coordinate tasks, record meeting notes, and store team documents.

  • Published Internet site   A site collection for publishing content to anonymous Internet readers. A small number of authors create and publish content for many readers. For example, you might use a published Internet site to provide information about company products or services to customers. You can implement publishing sites in a single site collection, where authoring and publishing tasks are performed on the same site. You can also implement publishing sites as two or more site collections that separate the stages of authoring and publishing. Content is created on one or more authoring site collections, and is displayed on one or more publishing site collections by using the Cross-Site Collection Publishing feature in SharePoint Server 2013. For information about how to decide which publishing method to use, see Plan for Internet, intranet, and extranet publishing sites in SharePoint Server 2013. For information about cross-site publishing, see Plan for cross-site publishing in SharePoint Server 2013. Publishing sites are not available in SharePoint Foundation 2013. Cross-site publishing is only available in SharePoint Server 2013.

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