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This article contains information about site definition and custom templates that are used in Windows SharePoint Services, and discusses some considerations and limitations that apply when you customize templates for use in SharePoint Portal Server.
Windows SharePoint Services uses two types of templates:
The only way to add a new item to the list of available templates on the Template Selection page is to copy an existing template, rename it by using a name that starts with "SPS" (without the quotation marks), edit the XML file for all templates to add the new template, and then restart Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). You must repeat this procedure on each front-end Web server before the new template appears in the list of available site definitions. Note that you must manually edit the XML files of all existing templates to include the new template.
For more information about working with templates, see the "Working with Templates" topic in the in the "Managing Sites" section of the "Administration" chapter of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Administration Guide. The Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Administration Guide (Administrator's Help.chm) is located in the Docs folder in the root folder that contains the extracted SharePoint Portal Server 2003 CD.
For more information about SharePoint Portal Server and Windows SharePoint Services, visit the following Microsoft Web site: