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Inside Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0 by Daniel Larson, Ted Pattison

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Site Definitions

A site definition is the top-level component in WSS that aggregates smaller, more modular definitions to create a complete site template that can be used to provision sites. For example, a site definition usually includes a custom page template for the site's home page and can additionally reference external features to add support for other types of site-specific elements such as custom lists, secondary pages, and Web Parts. The value of creating custom site definitions is obvious. They enable you to develop site templates for creating new sites that act as prepackaged business solutions.

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While you can create and package list definitions and other components within a site definition, it's a best practice to package components ...

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