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  Asked By: Lukas    Date: Jun 27    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 739

Microsoft suggests not to make changes to the default site definitions
and instead make your own custom area definitions in case one intends
to do some branding and change the layout of the portal pages.

Any thoughts on what kind of impact this can have when the next version
of Sharepoint becomes available.

So with new version, all the default definitions get upgraded to the
next version but what happens to the custom area templates that you
created and how will they be upgraded to reflect the enhanced

Would it be that you will again create new set of definitions after
the upgrade and map them to the areas and site that you already have.



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Ted Gilmore     Answered On: Jun 27

I would imagine that you will use the same process to upgrade  your
custom site definitions  that you use to upgrade the stock site
definitions. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

However, I wouldn't stray too far from the finite set  of CAML that the
built-in site  definitions use or you may find yourself outside of the
upgrade definition. If you decide to use tags that Microsoft isn't
using, I would document that those tags need extra scrutiny when you
upgrade. For instance, I use ExecuteURL in my ONET.XML files. I'll be
checking closely to ensure that this tag is handled properly by v3.

Answer #2    Answered By: Monte Cooley     Answered On: Jun 27

I would assume that the next version  upgrade would involve updates
both for the physical files(default definitions) as well as database.

Here is case  scenario

In SPS 2003, I make a copy of SPSTOPIC folder and rename it to

I make changes in my custom  definitions which involves adding a new
webpart zone and some other cosmetic changes for branding.

All the new areas  in my Portal use this custom definition

Sharepoint v3 arrives

upgrade  the installation to the new version

What will I do next

Make a copy the new SPSTOPIC folder and make changes to it so that
they reflect  the same changes I did in my SPS 2003 version.

Replace the earlier SPSCustomTOPIC folder with this new one.

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