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Microsoft tells us (yet again) that no custom code is needed in the new version of Sharepoint. However I'm curious how to export Web Application(s) | Site Collection(s) and Site(s) structure including navigation and style to a production site? Is that even possible, and if so what steps are required?

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There are a few things you can try like:

  1. Export/Import
  2. Content deployment
  3. Cross-site publishing (new)

If you're using SharePoint 2013, be sure to check out cross site publishing!

In any case, you'll still have to deploy your customizations to both sides.

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Thanks for your reply! Isn't content deployment really a deploy of content and not only structure? Is there a risk when using content deployment that I delete existing content on the production site? – Benny Skogberg Jan 15 '13 at 10:37
When using content deployment, you can't touch anything in production anymore or you'll run into problems. This is best suited for staging > production publishing scenario's. What are your requirements? – Thomas Vochten Jan 15 '13 at 12:01
Requirements are kleeping content as is on the target production site and deploy changes to structure such as new sites/site collections - changes to navigation and overall structure of SharePoint instances, without the use of custom code (.wsp projects). – Benny Skogberg Jan 15 '13 at 12:08
Content deployment uses the export/import API's that require a blank starting site. No manual modifications in the target site are supported :/ I think you're looking at custom code or 3rd party tools here. – Thomas Vochten Jan 15 '13 at 12:24
I would say that Cross-site publishing solves the problem, where you can have an OOTB Authoring site. Thanks for the link! – Benny Skogberg Jan 15 '13 at 18:48

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