In chapter 1, I introduced you to the steps for creating your first site. I covered it at a high level, but I wanted to provide you with the detailed steps in case you’re interested in following along. To do this I assume you have a SharePoint environment readily available. If you don’t, you should first work through appendix A, which covers the steps for creating a development/test environment.
In this section, I’m going to discuss two options for creating a site. First, you’ll create a site using the Blank Site template; the second option creates a site using the Publishing Site template. The latter is available only for users who have SharePoint Server.