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  Asked By: Brian    Date: Dec 17    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 955

REally new to this SharePoint technology, I would appreciate any
help that I can get to jump start my learning process.

I am playing around with a default Portal installation and I have
few questions:-

1. What is the different between a Area and a Site ?
the default portal comes with Sites and also from the Home Page I
can create Areas.

What I Am trying to determine is this:-

1. We want all our project documentation to be managed on a project
center where team members can login and share documents and other
fun stuff. Should I create a area or a site ?

2. I want HR to publish some forms and make those forms available
for the users who are logging into their project team sites
Do I make HR as a Area or A Site ? and how do I get the URL of the
documents that I publish under HR site ?

Did I make sense ?



1 Answer Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Marlon Colon     Answered On: Dec 17

Area has relevance to Sharepoint portal  Server and site  has the relevance to
Windows Sharepoint Services. There are some differences in the way they can be
used. For example, both can contain Document libraries, but if you want to
restrict the permissions from users  for a Document Library in an area  it is not
possible, but in WSS site you can assign permissions in Document libraries
irrespective of the permissions your site contains. There are many things you
can do with area though. Like pinning (having links to the documents  from more
than one areas, kinda categorization) etc.

For your question 1.
It is better to create  a site, it will give you more flexibility in terms of
permissions and doc management functionality. For fun stuffs (if it is
personal), you can use SPS portal's MySite feature.

For question 2.
For HR application, you can use area. And every doc has a link or URL.

In fact you have to consider what else feature you are going to use then you
should be in a better position to decide what you should use.

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