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SharePoint 2007: The Definitive Guide by Christopher J. Regan, Piotr Prussak, Christopher Pragash, Joris Poelmans, Nilesh Mehta, Jason Medero, Michael Lotter, Murray Gordon, Bob Fox, Christopher M. Buechler, James Pyles

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Determining Which Type of Site to Create

SharePoint provides a variety of site templates for different purposes. Before you create a site, you should plan out the structure by mapping your business needs to your site and subsite definitions. A good place to start is to revisit your organization's business goals. Determine which subset of your goals you want to address in the creation of this site or site collection.

Who Is the Target Audience?

Determining who will be using this site will help you decide what kind of security to establish, as well as the type and presentation of content material, which could include news, reports, and galleries. The target audience will also drive the level of site or sites you will create. For example, you will most likely create a top-level site for your entire organization and then subsites and My Sites for customers, the general public, teams, and individuals.

Default News site

Figure 5-7. Default News site

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My Sites are addressed in Chapter 21.

What Site Content Will You Include?

The content for your top-and lower-level sites will vary depending on the intended audience of each site. You can create several types of Workspace sites to manage the content for each type of user. Workspace sites include:

  • Document Workspace

  • Basic Meeting Workspace

  • Blank Workspace

  • Decision Workspace

  • Social Workspace

  • Multipage Meeting Workspace

Figure 5-8. The Report Center

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Workspace sites are ...

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