How To Tell What Kind Of Sharepoint Site You Have

SharePoint offers different site templates, and knowing the type of site you have is essential for effective management and utilization. To determine what kind of SharePoint site you have, there are a few methods you can use.

One method is to open your SharePoint site in a browser and view the page source. Search for “webTemplateConfiguration” in the page source, and next to it, you will find the site template value.

Another method is to use PowerShell. Connect to SharePoint Online using PowerShell and run the commands to retrieve the site template of your site collection or subsite.

Additionally, you can use the “SharePoint Manager” tool or check the source HTML of a page on your site to find the site template ID. It’s important to note that SharePoint Online offers different site templates, including team sites with Office 365 Groups, communication sites, team sites without Office 365 Groups, and classic (legacy) sites.

By following these methods, you can easily identify the site template and understand the nature of your SharePoint site. This knowledge is essential for effective management and utilization of your SharePoint site.

Method 1: Viewing Page Source

One way to determine your SharePoint site type is by examining the page source and locating the site template value. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open your SharePoint site in a web browser.
  2. Right-click on the page and select “View Page Source” or “Inspect Element” from the context menu.
  3. In the page source, use the browser’s search function (Ctrl+F or Command+F) to search for “webTemplateConfiguration”.
  4. Next to “webTemplateConfiguration”, you will find the site template value, which represents the type of SharePoint site you have.

By following these steps, you can easily identify the site template and understand the nature of your SharePoint site. This method provides a quick and straightforward way to determine the type of SharePoint site you are working with.

For a better understanding, refer to the following table to match the site template value with the corresponding SharePoint site:

Site Template Value SharePoint Site Type
STS#0 Team Site
STS#1 Team Site with Office 365 Group
COMMUNITY#0 Community Site
SRCHCEN#0 Enterprise Search Center

Remember that these are just a few examples of the site templates available in SharePoint Online. Depending on your organization’s configuration and requirements, there may be other templates in use.

Method 2: Using PowerShell

Another method to determine your SharePoint site type is by utilizing PowerShell to retrieve the site template information. PowerShell is a powerful scripting language that allows you to manage and automate tasks in SharePoint Online.

To begin, open PowerShell on your computer and connect to SharePoint Online by running the following commands:

  1. $username = "yourusername@yourdomain.com"
  2. $password = ConvertTo-SecureString "yourpassword" -AsPlainText -Force
  3. $credentials = New-Object -TypeName System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -ArgumentList $username, $password
  4. Connect-PnPOnline -Url "https://yourdomain.sharepoint.com/sites/yoursite" -Credentials $credentials

Make sure to replace “yourusername@yourdomain.com” with your actual SharePoint username and “yourpassword” with your password. Also, replace “https://yourdomain.sharepoint.com/sites/yoursite” with the URL of your SharePoint site.

Once you are connected to SharePoint Online, you can use the following command to retrieve the site template information:

Get-PnPSiteTemplate -Out "template.xml"

This command will export the site template information to a file named “template.xml” in the current directory. You can open this file in a text editor to view the site template value, which will indicate the type of SharePoint site you have.

Note:

It’s important to note that SharePoint Online offers different site templates, including team sites with Office 365 Groups, communication sites, team sites without Office 365 Groups, and classic (legacy) sites. The site template value will help you identify which type of site you are working with.

Site Template Value SharePoint Site Type
STS#0 Team Site without Office 365 Groups
STS#1 Team Site with Office 365 Groups
STS#3 Communication Site
STS#4 Classic (Legacy) Site

Method 3: SharePoint Manager and HTML Source

The final method to determine your SharePoint site type involves utilizing the “SharePoint Manager” tool and examining the source HTML of your site’s pages. SharePoint Manager is a powerful tool that provides a comprehensive view of your SharePoint environment. By downloading and installing SharePoint Manager, you can gain access to valuable information about your site templates.

Once SharePoint Manager is installed, open the tool and navigate to your SharePoint site. Select the desired site and explore its properties. Look for the “site template ID” property, which will give you the unique identifier of your site template. This ID corresponds to different types of SharePoint sites, such as team sites with Office 365 Groups, communication sites, and classic (legacy) sites.

In addition to SharePoint Manager, you can also check the source HTML of a page on your SharePoint site. To do this, open your site in a browser and right-click on the page. Select “View Page Source” or “Inspect” to access the HTML code. Look for the site template ID or any clues that indicate the type of SharePoint site you have. This method is particularly useful if you want to differentiate between team sites with Office 365 Groups and team sites without Office 365 Groups.

By utilizing the “SharePoint Manager” tool and examining the source HTML of your site’s pages, you can easily identify the site template ID and determine the type of SharePoint site you have. Whether it’s a team site, a communication site, or a classic site, understanding the nature of your SharePoint site is crucial for effective collaboration and content management.

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