Monday, 31 October 2016

Brief description about Site templates in SharePoint 2016

What is a SharePoint site template?

SharePoint site templates are prebuilt definitions designed around a particular business need. You can use these templates as they are to create your own SharePoint site, and then customize the site as much as you want. You're probably familiar with the default site templates, such as Team Site, Project Site, and Communities Site.

In addition to the default templates, you can create your own site template based on a site you've created and customized. This is a powerful feature that allows you to create a custom solution and then share that solution with your peers, the broader organization, or outside organizations. You can also package the site and open it in another environment or application such as Visual Studio and also customize it there.

Turning your customized site or business solution into a template is an extremely useful and very powerful capability. Once you start to package your solution as a template, you begin to realize the potential of SharePoint as a platform for business applications. The site template option makes all of this possible.

When you save your site as a template, you create a Web Solution Package, or WSP. A WSP is a CAB file that uses the solution manifest. The solution that you create is stored in the solutions gallery for the SharePoint site collection. Once you save the template, a solution file (.wsp) is created and stored in the solutions gallery where you can download or activate the solution.


From below URL, we have tried to define the site template meaning and use for each one: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262410.aspx
Type
Name
Description/Availability
Collaboration

Site collection and site, Server and Foundation
Team Site
A place to work together with a group of people.

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.
Document Center
A site to centrally manage documents in your enterprise.
Site collection only, Server only
In Place Hold policy Center
A site to manage policies to preserve content for a fixed period of time

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
Compliance Policy Center
Use the document deletion policy center to manage policies that can delete document after a specified period of time. These policies can then be assigned to be specific site collection or to site collection templates

Enterprise Search Center
A site focused on delivering an enterprise-wide search experience.
Site collection and site, Server only


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


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

Note
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.


Visio Process Repository

Note
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.

Site collection and site, Server only
A site for publishing knowledge that you capture and want to share across the enterprise.
Publishing

Site collection only, Server only
Publishing site
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.

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

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


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.

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.
Custom
<Select template later…>
Create an empty site and pick a template for the site at a later time.


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