Home > Store

SharePoint 2003 Advanced Concepts: Site Definitions, Custom Templates, and Global Customizations

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

SharePoint 2003 Advanced Concepts: Site Definitions, Custom Templates, and Global Customizations


  • Sorry, this book is no longer in print.
Not for Sale

eBook (Watermarked)

  • Your Price: $28.79
  • List Price: $35.99
  • Includes EPUB, MOBI, and PDF
  • About eBook Formats
  • This eBook includes the following formats, accessible from your Account page after purchase:

    ePub EPUB The open industry format known for its reflowable content and usability on supported mobile devices.

    MOBI MOBI The eBook format compatible with the Amazon Kindle and Amazon Kindle applications.

    Adobe Reader PDF The popular standard, used most often with the free Adobe® Reader® software.

    This eBook requires no passwords or activation to read. We customize your eBook by discreetly watermarking it with your name, making it uniquely yours.


  • Copyright 2006
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-33661-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-33661-3

In SharePoint 2003 Advanced Concepts, two world-class SharePoint consultants show how to make SharePoint “jump through hoops” for you–and do exactly what you want.

Jason Nadrowski and Stacy Draper have built some of the most diverse SharePoint enterprise implementations. Now, drawing on their extraordinary “in the trenches” experience, they present solutions, techniques, and examples you simply won’t find anywhere else.

SharePoint 2003 Advanced Concepts addresses every facet of SharePoint customization, from site definitions and templates to document libraries and custom properties. The authors cover both Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and illuminate SharePoint’s interactions with other technologies–helping you troubleshoot problems far more effectively.

Next time you encounter a tough SharePoint development challenge, don’t waste time: get your proven solution right here, in SharePoint 2003 Advanced Concepts.

     •  Construct more powerful site and list templates

     •  Control how SharePoint uses ghosted and unghosted pages

     •  Use custom site definitions to gain finer control over your site

     •  Build list definitions with custom metadata, views, and forms

     •  Troubleshoot WEBTEMP, ONET.XML, SCHEMA.XML, SharePoint databases, and their interactions

     •  Create custom property types to extend SharePoint’s functionality

     •  Integrate with other systems and SharePoint sites so that you can use their information more effectively

     •  Customize themes and interactive Help, one step at a time

     •  Customize email alerts and system notifications

     •  Extend the capabilities of document libraries

     •  Control document display and behavior based on extensions

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Custom SharePoint 2003 Templates

Downloadable Sample Chapter

Download the Sample Chapter related to this title.

Table of Contents

                       Preface  xi

                       Acknowledgments  xv

                       About the Authors  xvii

Chapter 1        Custom Templates  1

Chapter 2        Site Definitions  23

Chapter 3        Site Definitions: Exploring List Definitions  93

Chapter 4        Customizing and Implementing Property Types in Windows SharePoint Services  135

Chapter 5        Global Customizations  207

Appendix         Custom_JS.ASPX  241

                       Index  249


Untitled Document


There is a lot to SharePoint Portal Server and Windows SharePoint Services; even so, it is finite. We originally wanted to write a book about everything that SharePoint has to offer. As we were writing, books kept coming out, more and more content was available on the Internet, and we didn't want to write about topics that were covered well elsewhere. What we ended up with is a book jammed full of information that was noticeably absent from the SharePoint community.

The techniques we talk about in this book were born out of necessity. We worked on completely different projects and realized that we were having the same problems. Not readily finding solutions to our problems, we discovered the need for this content. When we approached Addison-Wesley, there were already several books on the market. The publisher wanted to know why our book was going to be a good one. The answer was pretty simple—we have lived and breathed the product and have had to solve real business problems. We've been in the trenches with the product and know it intimately. We know what works and what doesn't work in the real world. We're not a couple of authors who have friends or went to college with folks in the product group. We are hands-on architects/programmers who know the product and how to will it to our ways.

To keep things interesting for both the reader and for us, we wrote in a way that will expose you, the reader, to many of the inner workings of SharePoint without becoming a boring reference manual. You'll see problems that we tried to solve and what we did to come up with solutions for those problems. Your problems might not be exactly the same as ours. As a matter of fact, I'm sure the problems won't be identical. But you should find that the problems you encounter with SharePoint in your enterprise can be solved with the solutions we describe. Exposure to these solutions will enable you to explore other areas of SharePoint otherwise hidden from view.

The SharePoint product family seems to touch everything in the Microsoft world. The SharePoint product line relies on servers such as the Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server and leans heavily on Active Directory, ASP.net, and even a lot of JavaScript. From the user interface side, the Office products make an appearance. All these technologies make SharePoint a tough animal to deal with in terms of a technical tool set. Working with SharePoint sometimes takes relying on a small army of highly skilled folks to pull off a successful implementation or modification—point being, the technologies that are used are many. This certainly shouldn't be your first technology book and probably shouldn't even be the first SharePoint book you own. This book is for people who have wrestled with SharePoint and have tried to make SharePoint behave in a way that it probably wasn't originally designed to do. The person who will benefit most from a book like this might be saying something like, "If I could just make it do this one thing, then everything else would just fall together!"

Organization of This Book

We organized the content of the book into the following chapters.

Chapter 1: Custom Templates

Site templates and list templates are something that end users can work with. They are a great way to empower end users. Sometimes little things can be done to make the SharePoint experience go a long way. This chapter demonstrates the ins and outs of working with site templates and list templates.

Chapter 2: Site Definitions

Site definitions are not the most intuitive thing. In fact, site definitions are quite different from traditional ASPX applications. Chapter 2 explains the use and development of site definitions, while navigating around their more common pitfalls. In this chapter, you'll work with several configuration files. You'll get down to the technical details to make SharePoint a more pliable application.

Chapter 3: Site Definitions: Exploring List Definitions

If it weren't for lists, there wouldn't be much of a SharePoint product at all. Lists are one of those great features found in SharePoint that empower users to create what they need. Even though list definitions are part of site definitions, there is so much to know about lists that it warrants a dedicated chapter. This chapter exposes you to every detail of creating a list definition.

Chapter 4: Customizing and Implementing Property Types in Windows SharePoint Services

Lists are great things. They enable users to create a table of information fairly quickly and present it to other users in a manner that is readily consumable. Of course, there are a couple shortcomings. The first is a lack of a custom property type. The second and most common shortcoming is the need to integrate with other systems. The inability to pull in key information from another system or even another WSS site can be a showstopper. This chapter shows you how to create custom properties—be it for retrieving information stored in another system or for other special functionality.

Chapter 5: Global Customizations

We close the book with a chapter that applies to SharePoint holistically. Customizing themes and help are explained thoroughly. Other common customizations, such as email alerts, and system notifications, such as the site collection retention warning, are also covered. Document libraries are quite powerful as they are, but there is always room for improvement. Detailed information is provided to make documents display and behave differently based on their extensions.

Appendix: Custom_JS.ASPX

The appendix includes a complete listing of the CUSTOM_JS.ASPX file that is discussed in Chapter 4.


The LCID figures prominently in SharePoint's physical and virtual paths. The LCID for your deployment is based on the particular SharePoint media you have procured. The English version of SharePoint has an LCID of 1033. Because this book was authored in English, we will go out on a limb and presume that most people who read this book have the English version of SharePoint. So, if you are trying to access a path that has 1033 in it, and it doesn't seem to exist, substitute 1033 for your LCID.

Available Language Packs for SharePoint


SharePoint LCID

























Brazilian Portuguese
















Simplified Chinese


Traditional Chinese








© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.


Download the Index file related to this title.


Submit Errata

More Information

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.


Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020