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SharePoint Templates – Understand the differences

Hey Everyone!

Today i will talk about SharePoint Site Templates, and explain the main difference between each template and how it is extremely important to have in mind what each version can offer you in terms of features and capabilities to meets your business needs.

So the first thing you must know is there are 3 main categories of templates:

  • Collaboration
  • Enterprise
  • Publishing

For each category you have different site types, when you create a new site the “site type” define the purpose of the new one and includes all the features.

Collaboration site templates:
  • Team Site – This template can be  used when you what organize and share information with your team or project members, this template includes lists and libraries for: Share Documents, Announcements, Calendars, Links, Tasks, Discussion Board.

  • Blog Site – This template can be  used when you what announce company announcements, post ideas, observations, expertise with your team organization. It is easy  start a new blog, including Comments and Links.

  • Project Site – With this site template it is so much easy to manage your projects, it is an upgrade of Team Site but this one have more functionalities including Projects Summary, Task Lists. Calendar Sharing, Task Scheduler, Visual Timeline of the Project’s Tasks.

  • Community Site – It is more than a Blog Site, this template you can create a place where you can discuss topics that you have in common with others team members, it is more easy and you have more benefits over email, with a full retention of discussion history in compliance with corporate guidelines.
Enterprise site templates:
  • Document Center Site – This template is indicated when you want manage large numbers of documents, it is more easy create folder structures and use file versions also you can use workflows to control document life cycles.

  • Records Center Site – This template is indicated when you what organize, store and manage records such as legal or financial documents, the site includes versioning, auditing, metadata management, eDiscovery feature to help manage records more effectively.

  • Business Intelligence (BI) Center Site – This is one of my favorite site template, you can store, manage, share and view business reports, scorecards and dashboards. This template includes Performance Point Service, a service very important to build dashboards inside of SharePoint.

  • Search Center (Enterprise or Basic) Site – A template dedicated to search features where you can search and apply refiners to your search results.

Publishing site templates:
  • Publishing Site – The template indicated when you want create enterprise intranets, communication portals and public websites. This template by default have publishing features enable including Page Layouts, Column Types, Web Parts, Lists and very important Documents and image libraries for storing web publishing assets.

  • Publishing Site with Workflow – Use the Publishing site with workflow to publish web pages on a schedule by using approval workflows. It includes document and image libraries for storing web publishing assets.

  • Enterprise Wiki – It is a publishing site for sharing and updating large volumes of information across an enterprise,  your organization can centralized knowledge repository.

The follow table show all Templates available for each SharePoint version.

Site Type
Template ID
Site Collection
SharePoint Server 2013
SharePoint Foundation 2013
SharePoint Server 2016
SharePoint Online
EnterpriseDocument CenterBDR#0YesYesYesNoYesYes
EnterpriseRecords CenterOFFILE#1YesYesYesNoYesYes
EnterpriseBusiness Intelligence CenterBICenterSite#0YesYesYesNoYesYes
EnterpriseEnterprise Search CenterSRCHCEN#0YesYesYesNoYesYes
EnterpriseBasic Search CenterSRCHCENTERLITE#0NoYesYesNoYesYes
PublishingPublishing SiteBLANKINTERNET#0NoYesYesNoYesYes
PublishingPublishing Site with WorkflowBLANKINTERNET#2NoYesYesNoYesYes
PublishingEnterprise  WikiENTERWIKI#0NoYesYesNoNoYes


Also you have different types of site template variation, the following table show ALL the Template ID available, and you can you use powershell command to create them.

New-SPWeb http://createIT/blog -Template "BLOG#0"
Template ID
GLOBAL#0Global template
STS#0Team Site
STS#1Blank Site
STS#2Document Workspace
MPS#0Basic Meeting Workspace
MPS#1Blank Meeting Workspace
MPS#2Decision Meeting Workspace
MPS#3Social Meeting Workspace
MPS#4Multipage Meeting Workspace
CENTRALADMIN#0Central Admin Site
WIKI#0Wiki Site
SGS#0Group Work Site
TENANTADMIN#0Tenant Admin Site
APP#0App Template
APPCATALOG#0App Catalog Site
ACCSRV#0Access Services Site
ACCSRV#1Assets Web Database
ACCSRV#3Charitable Contributions Web Database
ACCSRV#4Contacts Web Database
ACCSRV#5Projects Web Database
ACCSRV#6Issues Web Database
ACCSVC#0Access Services Site Internal
ACCSVC#1Access Services Site
BDR#0Document Center
DEV#0Developer Site
EDISC#0eDiscovery Center
EDISC#1eDiscovery Case
OFFILE#0(obsolete) Records Center
OFFILE#1Records Center
OSRV#0Shared Services Administration Site
BICenterSite#0Business Intelligence Center
SPS#0SharePoint Portal Server Site
SPSPERS#0SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space
SPSPERS#2Storage And Social SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space
SPSPERS#3Storage Only SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space
SPSPERS#4Social Only SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space
SPSPERS#5Empty SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space
SPSMSITE#0Personalization Site
SPSTOC#0Contents area Template
SPSTOPIC#0Topic area template
SPSNEWS#0News Site
CMSPUBLISHING#0Publishing Site
BLANKINTERNET#0Publishing Site
BLANKINTERNET#1Press Releases Site
BLANKINTERNET#2Publishing Site with Workflow
SPSSITES#0Site Directory
SPSCOMMU#0Community area template
SPSPORTAL#0Collaboration Portal
SRCHCEN#0Enterprise Search Center
ENTERWIKI#0Enterprise Wiki
COMMUNITY#0Community Site
SRCHCENTERLITE#0Basic Search Center
SRCHCENTERLITE#1Basic Search Center
VISPRUS#0Visio Process Repository


Using templates to create different kinds of SharePoint sites
SharePoint templates and their IDs


Fábio Carvalho
SharePoint Consultant