This article describes the SharePoint 2010 blank site… a SharePoint template which an author can “[…] customize based on your requirements.” Blank means in this case that it’s really blank and only the Style Library will be created during site provisioning.
You can find more descriptions of SharePoint templates at:
The blank site template is available for
Here are some screenshots where you can see how the blank site looks:
I told you that this site is really blank… ;)
If you need to do some common tasks as a site member or site owner please have a look at the following tasks including possible differences between SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010:
SharePoint template functionality
The template has yet no functionality and is waiting for an author to be filled with lists, libraries and Web parts.
Furthermore the wiki feature is disabled compared with the team site template:
The advantage with this template is that you don’t have lists or libraries and features activated by default you may not need.
SharePoint template development
If you want to use a custom design you can use Deploying Branding Solutions for SharePoint 2010 Sites Using Sandboxed Solutions to brand your blank site.
The sandboxed solution can be used to change the masterpage and CSS of your site.
The SharePoint template blank site is basically a team site (or the team site is based on the blank site).
While the team site has a lot of features activated by default you can customize the blank site based on your needs.
Please take a look at another SharePoint template.