Alex Entrekin

SharePoint 2013 Site Templates

December 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, SharePoint | Tags: , , , , , ,

SharePoint 2013 offers a vast variety of out-of-the-box site templates. One of the success factors of your SharePoint deployment is choosing the most suitable site template that meets your business needs.

I’ve been asked many times which site template can serve particular required needs and what differs one template from another, so I decided to write a quick overview of all the available SharePoint 2013 site templates and their common uses. I’ve also prepared a SharePoint 2013 environment configured with all site types for some hands-on experience.

Collaboration Site Templates

  • Team Site – The most common SharePoint site template, mainly used by teams to collaborate, organize, create, and share information and documents.

  • Blog – a site on which a user or group of users write opinions and share information.

  • Developer Site – this site template is focused on Apps for Office development. Developers can build, test and publish their apps here.

  • Project Site – this site template is used for managing and collaborating on a project. Project site coordinates project status and all additional information relevant to the project.

  • Community Site – a site where the community members can explore, discover content and discuss common topics.


Enterprise Site Templates

  • Document Center – this site is used to centrally manage documents in your enterprise.

  • eDiscovery Center – this site is used to manage, search and export content for investigations matters.

  • Records Center – this site is used to submit and find important documents that should be stored for long-term archival.

  • Business Intelligence Center – this site is used for providing access to Business Intelligence content in SharePoint.

  • Enterprise Search Center – this site delivers an enterprise search experience.  Users can access the enterprise search center to perform general searches, people searches, conversation or video searches, all in one place. You can easily customize search results pages.

  • My Site Host - this site is used for hosting public profile pages and personal sites. This site can be available after configuration of the User Profile Service Application.

  • Community Portal – this site is used for discovering new communities across the enterprise.

  • Basic Search Center – this site is delivering the basic search experience.

  • Visio Process Repository – this site allows you sharing and viewing Visio process diagrams.

Publishing Site Templates

  • Publishing Portal – this site template is used for an internet-facing sites or a large intranet portals.

  • Enterprise Wiki – this site is used for publishing knowledge that you want to share across the enterprise.

  • Product Catalog – this site is used for managing product catalogs.

If none of those SharePoint site templates meets your needs you can always create custom templates.


About the author:
As CloudShare’s Business Development Manager, Alex is the (super) everyman for CloudShare’s partners and customers. He moves between development, sales and operations to ensure that everything up in the cloud makes it down to earth. Alex earned a law degree from the UCLA School of Law and has experience building out early stage businesses in tech, specialty finance, and sports. A former professional baseball player, he spends some weekends playing catcher for the San Francisco Pelicans, one of two San Francisco franchises in the Bay Area's 1880's style baseball league.

  • D

    Where an earth are the templates located though.. :|

    • Lydia Bronze

      When creating a new site collection you have an option to select a site template

      • karinst

        Hi Lydia,
        What steps do I need to take to have the “custom” tab in the select a template window? I imported a sitetemplate.wsp and activated it, but it doesn’t show as an option in the “select a template”.

        • anikei

          If properly submitted in the solutions gallery and activated you would find it under custom category

  • janek2012

    When will Office 2013 templates be available?

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  • Chris

    Thanks for the post, easier than reading all the descriptions when creating a new site collection, or opening a new site collection just to see the templates available. Is it possible to create a page with a different templates or can templates only be used when creating site collections.

  • Malik Mazhar Ali

    how we can import our customized templates, are there any free templates available as out of the box sp templates are amazingly ugly … :(

  • James Duckett

    Excellent article, Lydia. This is helpful!

    Which template is best used as a top-level, landing page? Somebody had suggested I use the publishing portal template, but when I create sub-sites, it will only let me choose from the publishing portals (when I’d rather they at least have a team site). Any advice?

    • vishal Baldania

      you can have more templates by different settings on below page.

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  • clickhouse

    What about Access services? Is there still an Access template?

  • syed uzair

    hi, why the access is restricted in PAKISTAN when it will be available???

  • new2this

    looking for the meeting templates from SP 2010

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  • Anu Nevalainen

    Thank you for this list of templates with descriptions! I use SharePoint all the time for both work and home (examples of use in my blog post: I’m maybe a bit fixated to team site template though. I think I could try out more of these different templates!

  • sai

    Hi Lydia,

    Can you help me how to hide ootb subsite templates in page layouts and site templates in site settings page and palce only my custom templates in those list.please help me.