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  Asked By: Denny    Date: Jul 12    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 3564

I have been trying with custom site definitions for a week. They are
interesting. What are the best sites/blogs for folks who have plumbed the
depths of onet.xml and schema.xml etc.

Simple stuff is done pretty simply, but when you want to do a bunch of
stuff, the pile of hay eventually collapes with a resounding clunk as my
browser says "error" and "see troubleshooting for help" (lol @ as if) when I
access a site created from my more and more modified template.

Also, there are a few things I was simply not able to do:

1) Figure out all the things I have to do to all the files to add a document
library to my site definition.

2) Figure out how to 'uncheck' the 'overwrite existing files?" checkbox on
the upload.aspx(s). This one mystified me as I tryed a number of

3) Figure out what 'List' and 'Template' directories I can delete after I
use the 'Path="STS"' command on onet.xml for my lists that I want to keep
the same as STS. I really want to delete that which I do not need under my
template directory.

4) Figure out how to make a 'List Web Part' specific to my subsites to show
on the home default page. I can't seem to find the way to access the basic
underlying Web Part for lists and then insert into this the specific list
(i.e. the subsites) I am interested in. I figured I could avoid programming
(more importantly maintenance) by using the generic list web part and
specifying a view or service.

I am off to do the following: make a site similar to what I want then export
it as a template and the examine the manifest.xml file for clues. If anyone
has any other suggestions or solutions to my problems, I'd appreciate
hearing them.



1 Answer Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Guadalupe Bullock     Answered On: Jul 12

1. Check out “Creating a list  Definition” in the SDK

2. There’s a blog floating around on bypassing adding a listing for document to a SharePoint area when you upload  the document. This is a similar  problem so tracking that down might help.

3. You can pretty much strip the system down to a very bare minimum and still have it work. Try building from the ground up and adding the lists  you want. There are a few that are needed and cannot be removed, but for the most part  there is a sweet spot for a Minimal site  definition (although it won’t have much functionality)

4. Check out the AllUserWebPart in ONET.XML to get started (or if it’s a list you can use the List element in the Configuration section, it’s not just for defining lists but also for placing them)

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