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Training Site Template Available for Download

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As promised, here is the training site template available for download. Please be advised that this file is for demonstration purposes only. I am making it available to the community as an educational resource only, and therefore offer no support for the actual installation and use of the template.

TrainingSiteTemplate on SkyDrive.

Known Issues

  1. Opening in SharePoint Designer shows as unable to render.
    I have no idea why this happens, but hopefully it will be addressed by Microsoft at some time. The error message is non-descriptive at best and makes it difficult to troubleshoot.
  2. Web Part Connections have been removed
    In the original template, all of the items made use of web part connections to filter the main list of training resources. I continuously received error messages when provisioning a new site with established web part connections. I believe this may be another short-fall of SharePoint designer, as this has been my experience no matter how many different SharePoint deployments I’ve used.

Please feel free to comment on your experiences with this site definition. I hope it helps you envision a plan for your own templates and zero-code solutions.


Author: Chris Quick

I have been a developer of web based solutions since early 2001 delivering solutions to a wide array of organizations using ASP, ASP.NET and SharePoint. I was introduced to SharePoint in 2003 when the consulting firm I worked for at the time introduced it into the workplace. I began working with MOSS 2007 as soon as Microsoft released the RTM version in November 2006. The platform was implemented at the organization I worked for in 2007 and went live in March of that year. I was tasked with the administration and ongoing development of the platform. I currently work as a SharePoint Architect with Artis Consulting, developing solutions for a wide variety of business problems. The goal of this blog is to share my discoveries developing solutions with SharePoint. I welcome your comments and feedback to any post -- and I welcome suggestions for future topics.

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