Saturday, June 21, 2014

Types of Sites and Site Collections in SharePoint 2013

When researching the available types of sites and site collections that come standard with SharePoint 2013, I came across the TechNet page "Overview of sites and site collections in SharePoint 2013". The tables confused me a bit until I realized the rowspan of the cells in the first column was off, shifting many of the cells to the left one column (as of 6/12/2014). Actually, they just inserted empty cells, which both Firefox and Internet Explorer failed to render for me.

The proper way to do this is with "rowspan" attributes on the cells that span multiple rows. While I'm at it, the headings should use TH tags instead of TDs. These TH tags should be scoped as "col" for column. The entire header row should be wrapped in a THEAD tag. For even greater accessibility, it should use a table CAPTION instead of using a heading tag. And it's best not to put styling rules in the HTML markup.

I gave them some feedback on the page, so hopefully it gets corrected. I am including one of the tables here—but corrected in both structure and styling—for reference. I am glad they had the information available. :)

Site Templates Available in SharePoint 2013
TypeNameDescriptionAvailability
CollaborationTeam SiteA place to work together with a group of people.Site collection and site, Server and Foundation
BlogA site for a person or team to post ideas, observations, and expertise that site visitors can comment on.Site collection and site, Server and Foundation
Develop SiteA site for developers to build, test, and publish apps for Office.Site collection only, Server and Foundation
Project SiteA site for managing and collaborating on a project. This site template brings all status, communication, and artifacts relevant to the project into one place.Site collection and site, Server only
Community SiteA place where community members discuss topics of common interest. Members can browse and discover relevant content by exploring categories, sorting discussions, by popularity or by viewing only posts that have a best reply. Members gain reputation points by participating in the community, such as starting discussions and replying to them, liking posts, and specifying best replies.Site collection and site, Server only
EnterpriseDocument CenterA site to centrally manage documents in your enterprise.Site collection and site, Server only
eDiscovery CenterA site to manage the preservation, search, and export of content for legal matters and investigations.Site collection only, Server only
Records CenterThis template creates a site designed for records management. Records managers can configure the routing table to direct incoming files to specific locations. The site also lets you manage whether records can be deleted or modified after they are added to the repository.Site collection and site, Server only
Business Intelligence CenterA site for presenting Business Intelligence content.Site collection and site, Server only
Enterprise Search CenterA site focused on delivering an enterprise-wide search experience.Site collection and site, Server only
My Site HostA site used for hosting personal sites (My Sites) and the public People Profile page.Site collection only, Server only
Community PortalA site for discovering communities.Site collection only, Server only
Basic Search CenterA site focused on delivering a basic search experience. It includes a welcome page with a search box that connects users to a search results page and an advanced search page. This Search Center will not appear in navigation.Site collection and site, Server and Foundation
Visio Process RepositoryA site for viewing, sharing, and storing Visio process diagrams. It includes a versioned document library and templates for Basic Flowcharts, Cross-functional Flowcharts, and BPMN diagrams.Site collection and site, Server only
PublishingPublishing PortalA starter hierarchy for an Internet-facing site or a large intranet portal. This site can be customized easily with distinctive branding. Typically, this site has many more readers than contributors and it is used to publish web pages with approval workflows.Site collection only, Server only
Enterprise WikiA site for publishing knowledge that you capture and want to share across the enterprise.Site collection and site, Server only
Product CatalogA site for managing product catalog data that can be published to an Internet-facing site through search.Site collection only, Server only
Publishing siteA blank site for expanding your website and quickly publishing web pages. Contributors can work on draft versions of pages and publish them to make them visible to readers. The site includes document and image libraries for storing web publishing assets.Site only, Server only
Publishing Site with workflowA site for publishing web pages on a schedule by using approval workflows. It includes document and image libraries for storing web publishing assets. By default, only sites with this template can be created under this site.Site only, Server only
CustomCreate an empty site and pick a template for the site at a later time.Site collection only, Server and Foundation

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