Add site content (Office SharePoint Server)

SharePoint 2007

Updated: March 26, 2009

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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There are several methods that you can use to add content to sites, including:

  • Using Web site designers to design and add content.

  • Migrating content from another site.

  • Allowing users to add content directly.

Depending on your scenario, you may find particular methods more appropriate.

Use Web site designers to design and add content when you are working with:

  • A published intranet portal site

  • A published Internet Web site

Migrate content from another site when you are working with:

  • A published Internet site in which authors create content in the authoring site. After you migrate content, you use content deployment to deploy the content to the production site.

  • A site or set of sites that is being reorganized.

Allow users to add content directly when you are working with:

  • A collaboration site in which the site owner can create the lists and libraries that are needed, and then grant site members access so that they can begin contributing content.

  • A blog site in which the blog owner can set up the structure for the blog, and then start creating posts.

  • A wiki site in which the wiki site owner can grant access to users and the users can start creating topics in the wiki.

When you create a published site, Web site owners and designers must plan and implement many elements, such as site navigation, site design (including master pages, page layouts, and .css files), and the overall information architecture for the site. For more information about planning for these elements, see Planning and architecture for Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Follow the steps in Enable access for end users (Office SharePoint Server) to give the Web site designers permissions to the site. When they have completed their work, you can then optionally grant access to authors to contribute content before you grant access to the other users in your organization or before you make the site available to the public on the Internet.

When you are using a published site, you can author content in one site collection and then publish it to another. For this scenario, you must create a blank site collection to migrate the content into. For more information, see Create a blank site to migrate content into.

If you are reorganizing an existing site and need to migrate content to a different site collection, you can use several methods to migrate the content. You can use:

  • The Export and Import operations for the Stsadm command-line tool to migrate site collections or subsites.

    For more information about using Stsadm operations, see the following resources:

  • The Content Migration object model to programmatically move content at any level in the site (Web site, list, library, folder, file, or list item).

    For more information about using the Content Migration object model, see "Content Migration Overview" in the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Software Development Kit (

  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to migrate individual lists or libraries to the appropriate place in the new site hierarchy.

    For more information about using Office SharePoint Designer 2007, see the following articles in the Office SharePoint Designer 2007 Help system:

If you want your site owners to begin adding content directly to a site, you can immediately grant them access and allow them to control the site's organization and design.

Follow the steps in Enable access for end users (Office SharePoint Server) to give your end users permissions to the site. After you grant permissions, users can begin adding content. For more information about adding content to sites, see the Help system for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

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