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August 18, 2008

Article: How to Use Site Definitions (aka Site Definition Governance)

One of the questions that often comes up in SharePoint engagements is the question of whether you should create your own site definition or whether you should use the out-of-the-box definitions and use features to control how they appear. It is in fact a topic of some discussion between SharePoint consultants. My hope here is to illuminate the primary reasons that you should be creating site definitions — and what reasons you shouldn’t create them. Let’s start our discussions about using features to modify a site definition.

SharePoint Governance Briefing

On August 20th in the Microsoft Indianapolis offices I’ll be delivering two SharePoint Governance Briefings. The first briefing is from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM (Register here). The second briefing is from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Register here).

This briefing is an extended version of some of the sessions that I do at SharePoint conferences. We’ll be covering the basics of how to make sure that you have the right amount of control and adoption in your SharePoint environment.

If you’re curious about what we’ll be talking about you can peek at the presentation deck. We’ve got a ton of other material that we’ll be handing out and using including the SharePoint Deployment Guide and Checklists so the presentation deck doesn’t really cover everything we’ll be talking about — but it will provide a general framework for our conversation.

If you’re available on the 20th to be in Indy, we would love to see you there, if not perhaps we’ll end up doing one near you soon.

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