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difference between area and site in sharepoint portal

  Asked By: Neal    Date: Sep 10    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1656

can nybody help me with wats the difference between area and site in
sharepoint portal , ie wen i create a new subarea or a new sites in
portal wat benfits or difference will it make



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Dominick Blake     Answered On: Sep 10

I had some stuff in my kb .may be it can help  you

SharePoint sites  vs. portal  Areas

When planning for corporate environments such as an intranet portal or sharepoint  site, you need to consider some of the differences between a Windows SharePoint Services site  and a SharePoint Portal Server portal area. An area  is a means of publishing and aggregating content using a navigational taxonomy, whereas a SharePoint site facilitates collaboration of team members using collaboration objects and custom lists. Users have unlimited view and editing access to the portal areas; by contrast, SharePoint sites are only available to members. Individual users can personalize a portal area in more ways than a SharePoint site.

Moreover, areas are based on the Windows SharePoint Services framework and offer a set of unique templates. You can determine whether to use a portal area, or a SharePoint site by deciding first what you intend to do with the site. In general, use areas and portals for information publishing, and SharePoint sites for online collaboration.

Create SharePoint sites when you want to collaborate across projects in the following ways:

· Sharing and retaining versions of documents
· Scheduling
· Delegating and sharing tasks
· Handling presence and messaging
· Sharing and targeting information
· Managing meetings

Create areas when you want to publish information such as the following:

· Aggregated listings
· Target audiences
· Content for publishing
· Document postings
· Navigational taxonomy
· User profiles
· Lists
· News
· Managed spaces for users or subject-matter experts
· Areas of subject expertise
· Community interests
· Subsites for a categorized set of documents

With the union of SharePoint Portal Server and Windows SharePoint Services, you can integrate SharePoint sites and areas to create  custom environments that target a particular interest group. For example, you can publish related content created from collaborative projects on several SharePoint sites to an area, encouraging information sharing and easy access to relevant information.

Answer #2    Answered By: Randall Hunt     Answered On: Sep 10

You can also checkout Appendix A at the bottom of www.microsoft.com/.../MSWebTWP.mspx.

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