HowTo: Create a teamsite in SharePoint 2010

Creating a teamsite in SharePoint 2010

Very important when working with site templates is knowing what SharePoint out-of-the-box can do for you and very often too much time and effort is spend building that which SharePoint already has. So before you start creating custom templates, check out the existing templates you’ll discover that they often have exactly what you require. That’s why in short I’ll explain what a team site can do for you and how you can create one.

A huge part of SharePoint is about collaboration. Collaboration can be achieved in many ways when using SharePoint. A very popular method to achieve synergy is to use one of the most well known templates that SharePoint 2010 contains: the Team site template. By default the team site contains a shared calendar which you e.g. can use to track important team events. It also contains tasks in which you can keep track of team tasks. You can assign tasks to team members, keep track of status and due date. Finally there is Team Discussion in which you can discuss team items in a very simple manner, it has reply options and also quoted messages.

How to create the teamsite

  1. Navigate to the site which you chose to hold your new teamsite.
  2. In the left upper corner, click “Site Actions”, next click “More Options”. Under “Filter By:” click “Site”.
    Creating a team site

    Creating a team site

  3. Click on the “Team Site” template and fill in an appropriate title. You also get to choose the site url from which you can directly access the new team site.   If you want to save some time, click “More options” it allows you to set permissions and navigation options right away.
    Creating a team site

    Creating a team site

  4. When done, click create and SharePoint will create the site for you.
To get a better understanding of the different SharePoint templates visit this site, it hosts a bunch of movies for all built-in templates and shows you the different possibilities. If you want even more, this site is also a good resource for the different site templates that SharePoint boasts. 
That’s all there is to it, happy SharePointing!
 

SharePoint versions 

  • SharePoint 2010 Foundation
  • SharePoint 2010 Standard Edition
  • SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Edition
  • SharePoint 2010 Online (Office 365 Edition)

Permission level

  • Full Control

HowTo: Create a Content Type in SharePoint 2010

Audience

This post is for SharePoint beginners. In a previous post I explained how to create a site column. Site columns can be re-used in lists and they are also used when creating content types. A content type is used to define a SharePoint entity. It can, in a way, be seen as a meta data template which defines which data is stored and how it is stored. A custom content type always inherits from another content type, this can be a built-in type or a previously created custom content type. When creating a content type, you select a content type group and from this group you select the parent content type. The newly created content type inherits all properties from the parent. After this you add site columns and you’re ready to go.

Before you go and start creating content types, assure yourself that there is no built-in content type that fits your needs.

Creating the Content Type:

  1. Navigate to the root of the site collection in which you want to create your content type.
  2. In the upper left corner click “Site Actions” and then click “Site Settings”.
  3. Under “Galleries” click “Site content types”.
    Creating a content type

    Creating a content type

  4. This opens an overview of existing “Built-in” content types as-well as previously created content types. To create a new content type, click “Create” in the upper left corner.
    Creating a content type

    Creating a content type

  5. After clicking “Create”, a window opens in which you can create a new content type. After picking an appropriate name and describing your new content type, you have to pick a parent content type. First pick the appropriate category and then pick the actual parent. Your new content type will inherit all columns from this type. Finally you get to pick the category in which the new content type is placed.
    Creating the new content type

    Creating the new content type

  6. When done, click “OK” to create the new content type. When done you will be taken to the content type details window in which you can see how you content type is built up. This of course is also the place where you add columns to your new content type. How to add these columns can be seen in my article about site columns. You can only add site columns to a content type.
That’s all there is to it. Until we meet again. Happy SharePointing!
 

SharePoint versions 

  • SharePoint 2010 Foundation
  • SharePoint 2010 Standard Edition
  • SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Edition
  • SharePoint 2010 Online (Office 365 Edition)

Permission level

  • Design
  • Full Control