Add site content (Windows SharePoint Services)

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Updated: April 10, 2008

Applies To: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0


Topic Last Modified: 2008-04-07

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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 public-facing Internet site

  • A large intranet site

Migrate content from another site when you are working with:

  • 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 public-facing site or a larger intranet site, Web site owners and designers must plan and implement many elements, such as site navigation, site design (master pages plus .css files), and the overall information architecture for the site. For more information about planning for these elements, see Planning and architecture for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 technology.

Follow the steps in Enable access for end users (Windows SharePoint Services) to give 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.

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 (

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 (Windows SharePoint Services) 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 Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

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