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Why can't I see my CMS template options?

  Asked By: Mercedes    Date: Aug 07    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1576

I'm trying to set up a Content Management/Publishing site collection. I
go to central administration to do so, but I don't see any of the CMS
template options that I'm supposed to see (Intranet, Publishing Portal,

I'm probably missing the obvious here but I have no idea what that is.
Why don't I see these templates?



11 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Constance Guerrero     Answered On: Aug 07

When you go to choose a Site Template do you see an Enterprise Tab? If
not, then you are on a WSS installation and not a MOSS installation.
CMS is only available in MOSS.

Answer #2    Answered By: Chandrabhan Konwar     Answered On: Aug 07

I do have the Enterprise tab.............

Answer #3    Answered By: Tina Owens     Answered On: Aug 07

I should have said Publishing. But if you've got Enterprise you
should have the Publishing tab also. The Publishing Portal and
Collaboration Portal are there. The only reason I know of for not
seeing the templates  would be if someone removed the webtempsps.xml file
from the ..12/template/1033/xml

Directory of the 12 hive. That is where they are defined. As long as
you are setting up a sitecollection from Central Admin you should see

Answer #4    Answered By: Tiana Whitaker     Answered On: Aug 07

I haven't followed this conversation closely, but templates  don't always
show in all settings. For instance, not all templates are available if
you are trying to create a child of a Publishing site.

Answer #5    Answered By: Alice Chandler     Answered On: Aug 07

I think that's the issue.

Here's what I'm doing:


At this point, my screen is different than the screen I see in this
video, for instance:


1:30 into the video it gets to the CREATE SITE COLLECTION page. Under
'Web Site Address' in the video, you see two radio button options:

() Create a site under this URL:
() Create as it at this URL:

On my screen, I have no such option, just:

URL: http://mydomain/[insert sitename here]

And, of course, I'm not seeing all the templates  either.

So, it seems as if I'm in the wrong place, I'm just not sure where the
right place is. ;o)

Based on Paul's response, I did check to see if I had the webtempsps.xml
file in my 12 hive. I do. However, I don't see any references to the
templates I appear to be missing  (compared to what I see in the video):

- Records Repository
- Internet Presence Web Site
- My Site Host

- Corporate Intranet Site

So maybe the first question is if those are actually built-in templates
with a standard MOSS install.

If they are, then I'm probably in the wrong spot. Can anyone turn me
around and point me in the right direction?

Answer #6    Answered By: Lynette Sawyer     Answered On: Aug 07

That video is from a Beta version the screens have changed and the names
of the site  templates have changed.

if you are creating a SiteCollection in Central
Admin you should see two templates  in the Publishing tab. As I remember
one is Publishing with workflow and one without. Do you have a
Publishing tab and what is on it?

Answer #7    Answered By: Shelton Dickson     Answered On: Aug 07

The Publishing site  with Workflow is available on the Publishing tab when
creating a site withing a site collection. But it isn't there for a new site
collection. Since, IIRC, the video was creating a new site collection,
that's what I used in my list of sites just now to Darrel. So yeah, it can
also be a question of where he's looking at the list of templates.

Answer #8    Answered By: Gretchen Stokes     Answered On: Aug 07

That video is done using the beta. The sites are different in the release
version. If it helps, these are the default templates  I have:

Team Site
Blank Site
Document Workspace
Wiki Site

Basic Meeting Workspace
Blank Meeting Workspace
Decision Meeting Workspace
Social Meeting Workspace
Multipage Meeting Workspace

Document Center
Records Center
Site Directory
Report Center
Search Center with Tabs
My site  Host
Search Center

Collaboration Portal
Publishing Portal

The option of the URL for the site name/location is now a combination of
things like: first site collection  in a web app and what managed paths you
may have defined.

Answer #9    Answered By: Angarika Shroff     Answered On: Aug 07

OK, well, at least that explains it!

The lack of documentation/training from Microsoft is bad enough but why
oh why oh why do they keep tutorial videos online of BETA software!?

Answer #10    Answered By: Eliza Hutchinson     Answered On: Aug 07

Yeah, what's really fun are the install guides that reference things renamed
from the beta. Like starting the "Windows SharePoint Services Help Search"
service. You get a really anal admin and that step there will derail the
whole project.

Answer #11    Answered By: Lesley Tate     Answered On: Aug 07

We have just done a database migration from 2003 and on the upgraded portal  the
only TAB i see when I try to create a site  from the home location is Publishing
and the only site under the tab is Publishing Site.

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