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Custom site creation not working in 201702

Question asked by xarope on Feb 27, 2017
Latest reply on Mar 2, 2017 by xarope

I've been using the custom site creation preset customization written up here: Think Alfresco: How to add custom Share site presets (the nice way) - Alfresco Hack #5 ).  Basically this was to customize the creation of several different types of collaboration sites, with different layouts and document library folders.  This worked in 4.2c up through to 5.0d.

A) Originally, I needed to customize the following files:

  1. /opt/alfresco/tomcat/webapps/share/WEB-INF/classes/alfresco/site-data/presets/presets.xml
  2. /opt/alfresco/tomcat/webapps/share/WEB-INF/classes/alfresco/site-webscripts/org/alfresco/modules/create-site.get.js
  3. /opt/alfresco/tomcat/webapps/share/WEB-INF/classes/alfresco/site-webscripts/org/alfresco/modules/
  4. and replaced the repository's "Populate Site with Folder from Template" script, found in Data Dictionary/Scripts (to customize the document library folders).

B) To prevent overwriting core files (and in case of upgrades in future), I ended up putting the files here instead:

  1. /opt/alfresco/tomcat/shared/classes/alfresco/web-extension/site-data/presets/presets.xml
  2. /opt/alfresco/tomcat/shared/classes/alfresco/web-extension/site-webscripts/org/alfresco/modules/create-site.get.js
  3. /opt/alfresco/tomcat/shared/classes/alfresco/web-extension/site-webscripts/org/alfresco/modules/

However, whilst testing the upgrade from 5.0d to 201702, I find that this no longer works; i.e. I used to be able to click "Create Site", and I would get the various customized sites, not just the standard Collaboration site. But now, I only get one choice, the default "Collaboration Site".

I tried method (B) first, then when this didn't work, I tried method (A).  Still no joy.

Has anybody else encountered this issue?  Has site creation changed in 201702 such that this no longer works?  And if so, does anybody have any suggestions on how to fix this?