Chapter 3: Getting Started with a Basic Site
In This Chapter
Creating and configuring a team site
Populating your site with content
This chapter focuses on the workings of SharePoint sites and how to use content to best advantage. The SharePoint features and functions in these two areas enable end users to create team sites, populate them (that is, put useful content in them), and consume (make use of) that content in multiple ways.
Setting up SharePoint Sites
Almost all your interaction with SharePoint will be with a SharePoint Web site of some sort. So this section shows you how to create a site that suits your business purpose, how to find your way around it, and how to tailor it to your requirements.
Creating your site with templates
The first step toward collaboration is the creation of a site collection and (in particular) its top-level site. A SharePoint site is a specialized Web site you use to gather, organize, and present the information you put into SharePoint; a site collection is a related group of these sites. You can create a site collection in various ways; how you do so depends on the specifics of your SharePoint deployment. Ultimately you end up with a site collection that has an associated URL — such as
The makeup of the URL is influenced by factors such as these, all discussed in Book I, Chapter 2 (and using the URL just given as an example):
♦ The SharePoint server farm where the site collection is located. ...