Creating WSS Templates
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by Ameet Phadnis
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Steps to create your own WSS Template

·         Initially, you can start with predefined templates.  I will start with Team Site Template.

·         As soon as your site is created, it will display the web parts and layout for that particular template.  In my scenario, it will display as Figure 5.

Figure 5

Make as many changes as you want on this screen.  I am going to do the following changes:

·         Remove the Windows Share Point Services Logo and Announcements.

·         Add the Document Library Web Part.

·         Add the Contact Web Part.

·         My Final WSS Site will look like the following.

Figure 6

·         Now, I will also change the Theme for this site.

·         I am going to select the Compass Theme from the Apply Theme to Web Site Page.  

Figure 7

You can also make more design changes by opening this page in Front Page 2003.  As you might have found out, Front Page 2003 is tightly integrated with SharePoint.  In order to edit with Front Page 2003, follow these steps.

·         Click on File.

·         Select Edit With Microsoft Office FrontPage.

·         FrontPage 2003 will open with your page and also with the complete site navigation in it.

·         Make any necessary changes in FrontPage.  The FrontPage features with SharePoint are beyond the scope of this article.

·         For this example I am going to add a new Zone at the top called Top Zone.  I will follow these steps to add the new zone to it.

·         Select the row with Left and Right zones.

·         Select Table and Select Insert -> Rows or Columns.

·         The following dialog box displays.

Figure 8

·         In this window make sure the Rows radio button is selected.

·         In Location select the Above Selection option.

·         Keep the Number of Rows to 1.

·         Click OK.

·         The row is then inserted.

·         Now highlight the complete row and select Table -> Merge Cells.

·         The columns will merge.

·         Now make sure that your cursor is in the newly added row.

·         Select Data Menu.

·         Under Data Menu select Insert Web Part Zone.

Figure 9

·         The Web Part Zone is added to the newly created Row.  Your screen should look like the one below.

Figure 10

·         Now we need to set the property for the Web Part Zone.

·         Select the Web Part Zone, right click on it and select Web Part Zone Properties.

Figure 11

·         Give a suitable Title to Zone Title Property; keep the remaining properties the same.  I am going to name it Top Zone.

·         Click OK.

·         Now your Top Web Part Zone is ready to be used.

·         Save the Page.

·         Refresh your web page in IE.  Your page should look like following in design mode.

Figure 12

·         Now let us add the Content Editor Web Part to the Top Zone.

Figure 13

·         Now I am done with my changes.  I need to export this site as a template to be used next time when creating similar sites.

·         To save this site as a template follow these steps.

·         Click on Site Settings.

·         Under Administration, click Go to Site Administration.

·         Under Management and Statistics, click Save Site as Template.

·         The Save Site as Template screen is displayed.

Figure 14

·         Enter a Suitable name to the file name, template title and description; if you wish, you can also include the content created on this site.

·         Click OK.

·         Upon successful completion you should get an Operation Completed Successfully page.

Figure 15

·         Now we need to save this file to our local machine.  Follow these steps to save the stp file.

·         Click on the Site Template Gallery link in the above image.

·         The site template gallery screen displays as follows.

Figure 16

·         Right Click on the template and select Save Target As.

·         In the Save As box, select the folder where you would like to save the template.

·         The template has been saved to your local drive.

In this section we saw how we can create a WSS Template.

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User Comments

Title: lates Sioftware   
Name: Abdul Ahad
Date: 2008-10-11 3:45:45 AM
Nice Informaton
Title: Themes in wss site   
Name: Lebo
Date: 2008-07-18 8:48:48 AM
You article is so informative, Thanx. But I have only one problem, I have created my own theme but it doesent change the colour, how do I change the colour?(Worked on existing one and just changed the referencing) Hope you understand what I am trying to say.

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