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  Asked By: Tucker    Date: Dec 21    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1361

Is there a way to create the portal site and specify the template that
home will use?

Weve got all our site definitions done, now we are at the portal
creation stage and I cant find an easy way to make the root pick up the
custom definition.

We tried changing area ID's - didn't work at all
We tried renaming SPS to SPSOLD and naming our SPSCUSTOM to SPS - almost



12 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Arron Middleton     Answered On: Dec 21

AS far as I know this is not possible. You can't alter which home site
definition is used in portal  creation.

Answer #2    Answered By: Vance Hardin     Answered On: Dec 21

But, what you can do is create  another area  that uses your site
definition, build it like you would build your home page, and change the
settings on the home page to use the new page as the page for that area.

Answer #3    Answered By: Kareem Flynn     Answered On: Dec 21

now thats pretty discouraging. so microsoft encourages our development
practices of portal  customizaition and theming with no direct edits to the OOB
files. but then when it comes time to apply our newly created definitions  to our
newly created portal, we have to do such things as that?

not only does it create  "dirty URL's" but it also creates a dependancy between 2

im just going to see if i can put the 60 hive under version control, apply my
changes and pretend that i need to "un-apply" and roll back a revision.

Answer #4    Answered By: Tyron Calderon     Answered On: Dec 21

From the Home Page, click Change Settings, then click on the Page tab.

In the area  templates section, select "This area uses the following page
as a template". Then provide the URL for the template  you want to use,
i.e. "/c1/Alternate Home/default.aspx".

However, as Andy pointed out in another reply, this is not without a
limitation or two. If the "Alternate Home" portal  area ever got deleted,
then the home page would result in a 404.

Answer #5    Answered By: Irvin Foley     Answered On: Dec 21

yes.. this discourages me from maintaining the OOB 60 hive.. so its easy  to set subarea templates the correct way, but there is no clean way to do the home area.

Answer #6    Answered By: Deonte Stein     Answered On: Dec 21

IMHO, SharePoint Portal Server is not _intended_ to be customized. It is
a product not a platform.

Windows SharePoint Services is the development platform. Not that that
excuses the issue you describe.

Answer #7    Answered By: Stephon Valentine     Answered On: Dec 21

While, I see your point about portal  being more of a product and less of a platform, there are pieces of SPS that are more platform like than they are product like. SSO would be a good example. It’s not a solution per-se it’s more of a platform. Search is the same way. The UI in portal does a disservice to the power of the engine. The net is that if it’s a product and not a platform then they didn’t finish it before shipping it.

Of course, there are guidelines for how to customize it so it does happen… For customizing the home area, I just put a redirect web part in the root  and send people off to another location. It’s a bit odd if you use the built in navigation but I rarely do that anymore.

Answer #8    Answered By: Leif Cardenas     Answered On: Dec 21

Agreed, UI in portal  does a disservice to the power of the engine.

Answer #9    Answered By: Jasper Hatfield     Answered On: Dec 21

I've enjoyed this discussion on how other people have gone about
customizing portal  areas and some of the challenges that have been

Now for a twist on the question. What have you done  to customize the
templates for WSS sites? I know that by default they use the templates
in the STS folder, but I don't see any mechanism in the interface to
change which site  template is used. So if you want to build your own
template for a team site, the only option I see is to edit the files in
the STS folder, and that seems to be a no-no.

I also see where I *could* do it in the database, but too is a no-no.

Ideally, I could copy STS and its contents into a new folder - say,
STSBen - and when I create  a new site, specify somewhere that the new
site should use the STSBen template  instead of the STS template.

Any thoughts?

Answer #10    Answered By: Rashawn Hopper     Answered On: Dec 21
Answer #11    Answered By: Horace Coffey     Answered On: Dec 21

You can do what you ideally want to do. MSFT recommends copying an
existing template  and renaming  it for customization use. You can then
add that definition  as an available template for the site  template
selection screen when creating a new WSS site, or add it on the web
server via STSADM.exe. This will make it available as a template choice
for top-level WSS sites.

Answer #12    Answered By: Rigoberto Beard     Answered On: Dec 21

Check out my two part SharePoint Advisor article:

It talks thru these five recommendations:

Then download "Todd's Custom site  Definition" from our Premium Content

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