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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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Site Template and Page Layout Settings

In addition to the default site templates available in SharePoint 2007, you can create customized site templates. Any user with Owners or Design permissions can enter the Site Template Gallery and modify any site template. Typically, site templates are modified in order to then create sites with the organization's unique branding and look and feel. Once the corporate site template is created, users can create sites in the site collection that all conform to the same styling and format used throughout the company.

One of the most common ways to create a unique site template is to modify your default site so that it reflects the functionality and image you want to project, and then save the site as a site template.

Save a Site As a Site Template

Once you've created a site that fulfills all of your functional and design goals, you can save it as a template and then select the template when you create additional sites.

  1. On the customized site, click Site Actions and choose Site Settings from the menu.

  2. On the Site Settings page, in the Look and Feel section, click "Save site as template" (Figure 7-5).

    Save file as a template

    Figure 7-5. Save file as a template

  3. On the "Save Site as Template" page, in the File Name section, type the name of the template file in the Name field.

  4. Type the name of the template in the Title field.

  5. Type a brief description of the template's purpose in the ...

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