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Microsoft SharePoint 2013: Developer Reference by Paolo Pialorsi

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Chapter 13. Web templates

Providing your customers with packages of features that you activate selectively is a great way to extend Microsoft SharePoint to cover the requirements of most projects. Some situations, however, require a more robust solution: creating a ready-to-go site with predefined structure and content from the ground up, starting from a custom template.

For example, suppose you have to create an extranet site collection to host a set of websites, where each site represents the private extranet of a customer. Because every customer’s site will have a common set of contents and features (for example, a library of orders, a library of invoices, and a discussion area), you might be tempted to base each site on one of the site models ...

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