The site is deleted, and you are returned to the Sites and Workspaces page. Sites can only be
deleted when they do not contain subsites. If there are subsites nested under the site being deleted,
you will be prompted with an error message when you try to delete the site.
nCaution Deleting a site permanently removes the site and all of its content.
Managing Site Templates
As we discussed earlier in this chapter, when you create a new site or subsite, you select a template
as part of the creation process. The site template defines the initial set of components to include in
the site being created and defines the lay
out of the components in the new site
. The template also
defines the structure and configuration of the components within the site and whether any content,
such as list values and documents, should be added as part of the new site being created.
Creating Site Templates
The templates we discussed earlier are default templates provided with WSS to create team sites,
document workspaces, wiki sites, meeting workspaces, and blog sites. Once you create a new site
based on one of the available templates and tailor the site to meet your specific needs, you can save
the updated site as a new template that can be used when additional sites are created. Templates
created in this way are available under the Custom tab in the Template Selection section when cre-
ating a new site
. Any user assigned the F
ull Control permission level in a site can create and manage
site templates.
The templates that y
ou create will be available for selection when sites are being created within
the same site collection where the site template was created. As we mentioned previously, the group
of sites nested within a single top-level site is a site collection.
An example of how site templates are used can be seen when you have a site called Budget
Planning that contains a subsite called 2007 Budget. You can update the 2007 Budget site to reflect
the layout needed to support yearly budget planning. We will discuss creating components and
editing page layouts in Chapters 4 through 9. Once the 2007 Budget site includes the desired struc-
tur
e and content, you can save it as a template. This template will then be available when other new
sites are created under the Budget Planning site. By saving the 2007 Budget site as a template, you
save yourself and others the future effort of having to perform the same customizations you made
to the 2007 B
udget site when additional y
early budget sites are required. It also allows you to pro-
vide others with a star
ting point for cr
eating y
early budget sites that include the lay
out and
components they will need within these sites. This helps to ensure that all of the yearly budget sites
have a consistent structure and that the structure contains the resources needed to properly sup-
por
t the
budget planning process.
nNote If your SharePoint environment contains multiple top-level sites, templates created within a site collection
will only be available within that same site collection unless a SharePoint technical administrator registers the
template for use across site collections or unless the template is copied into each site collection’s template gallery.
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