Site templates in SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online

SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online have a number of ways you can organize your site. Besides the default team site that you always see when you use SharePoint, SharePoint also contains a number of out-of-the-box site templates.

There are a total of four sections, of which three sections, Collaboration, Enterprise and Publishing, contain the site templates we will be looking at. The other section, Custom, is reserved for templates that you create.


Collaboration Templates

Team Site

The most common SharePoint site template used for group collaboration and sharing of information.

team site



This site is geared for users or groups to write their opinions, share ideas, make observations and is a great place to share information.



Developer Site

On this site, developers can build, test and publish their apps for Office.

developer site


Project Site

This site is used when a number of people need to work together on a project. This site helps you manage and collaborate on a project.

project site


Community Site

This site allows users to discuss topics of common interests. Topics can be found by exploring categories, sorting discussions by popularity and so on. Participants can get points when starting discussions, replying to discussions, liking posts and so on.

community site


Enterprise Templates

Document Center

A site to centrally manage documents in your enterprise

document center


eDiscovery Center

This site is used to manage the preservation, search, and export of content for legal matters and investigations.

ediscovery center


Records Center

This site is used for long-term archival purposes. Documents are still searchable and you can manage whether records can be deleted or modified after they are added to the repository.

records center


Team Site (only for SharePoint Online)

This site has similar functions with the default team site found in the Collaboration Template section. This site allows users to edit, create new sites and share them with external users.

team site


Business Intelligence Center

This site is used for presenting Business Intelligence content in SharePoint.

business intelligence center


Enterprise Search Center

This site is for enterprise-wide search . The welcome page includes a search box that connects users to four search results pages : one for general searches, one for people searches, one for conversation searches and one for video searches. You can also customize the results of this page.

Enterprise Search Center


My Site Host

You can use this site to host your personal sites (My Sites) and the public People Profile page. This template needs to be provisioned only once per User Profile Service Application.

my site host


Community Portal

Use this site to discover new communities.

community portal


Basic Search Center

This site, unlike the Enterprise Search Center, is a simple and basic search site. The welcome page has a search box that connects users to the search results page and an advanced search page.

basic search center


Visio Process Repository

This site is for viewing, sharing, and storing Visio process diagrams. It includes a templates for Basic Flowcharts, Cross-functional Flowcharts, and BPMN diagrams.

visio process repository


Publishing Templates

Publishing Portal

This site is used for internet-facing sites or large intranet portals. This site can be customized with your own branding. It includes a home page, a sample press releases sub-site, a Search Center, and a log-in page.

publishing portal


Enterprise Wiki

This site for publishing knowledge that you capture and want to share across the enterprise.

enterprise wiki


Product Catalog (Only for SharePoint 2013)

This site is for managing your product catalog data which can be published to an internet-facing site through search.

product catalog


If you cannot find a site template that meets your needs then you can create your own custom template, which is then accessible from the Custom section.


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