17 Sep 2011

Site Definitions versus Web Templates SharePoint


  1. Web template requires only the proper rights to upload the .WSP, Web Template is a sandboxed solution
    A site definition requires physical access to the file system of the servers in the farm.
  2. A web template can be deployed and used in the cloud
    A site definition cannot be deployed in a cloud environment (SharePoint Online or Office 365),
  3. A web template can be versioned without affecting existing site instances
  4. Changes in the pages defined in a web template, will be available only in new sites,
    Changing the layout of pages provisioned through a site definition will also affect previously deployed sites
  5. A web template can do almost everything you can do with a site definition.

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