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Microsoft® SharePoint® Designer 2010 Unleashed by Kathy Hughes

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Hiding Subsite Templates in Publishing Site Collections

If you are using SharePoint Server 2010 and have publishing enabled on the site collection then you may use the Page Layout and Site Template Settings page, via Site Settings (Site Settings, Look and Feel, Page Layouts and Site Templates) to manage which subsite templates are made available when choosing to create new sites within a site collection.

Locking down site templates is a great way to avoid unnecessary site template overhead and maintain consistency in types of sites used. For example, imagine you have a site collection where you’ve configured departmental top level sites, such as Finance, Sales, IT, and you want to simplify the process for new subsite creation under each of those ...

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