Chapter 3. Using Sites and Pages


  • Designing your portal structure

  • Defining sites and site collections

  • Using site templates

  • Implementing navigation

  • Using pages and page libraries

A portal is based on the building blocks of sites and publishing page libraries. These key elements make it possible for SharePoint users to collaborate, publish content, and find content. This chapter shows you how to plan the structure of how sites make up your portal and design the navigation of your sites. In addition, we review the functionality provided by SharePoint sites and site templates. We show you step by step how to create your own site templates so that you can reuse site functionality and structure that you have designed for your organizational needs.

Page layouts are a Web content management feature that allows you to design the layout for a page. This layout is stored separately from the content of the page so that you can centrally update page layouts without having to modify each page that is using the layout. I describe this functionality in detail and provide the steps to show you how to customize this powerful functionality.

Designing Your Site Structure

If you start your site development by planning your site structure, the growth of your SharePoint environment will be logical to your users and administrators. A well-planned hierarchy of sites provides the following advantages:

  • Security inheritance: Sites that are grouped together so that the sub-sites can inherit the site groups ...

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