Create site collections (Windows SharePoint Services)

Applies To: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0


Topic Last Modified: 2008-04-08

When you create a site collection, you also create the top-level site within that site collection. Select the appropriate template for your scenario, such as: team site for a team collaboration Web site, or Blog for a blog site.

Create a site collection

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Application Management.

  2. On the Application Management page, in the SharePoint Site Management section, click Create site collection.

  3. On the Create Site Collection page, in the Web Application section, if the Web application in which you want to create the site collection is not selected, click Change Web Application on the Web Application menu, and then on the Select Web Application page, click the Web application in which you want to create the site collection.

  4. In the Title and Description section, type the title and description for the site collection.

  5. In the Web Site Address section, under URL, select the path to use for your URL (such as an included path like /sites/ or the root directory, /).

    If you select a wildcard inclusion path, such as /sites/, you must also type the site name to use in your site's URL.


    The paths available for the URL option are taken from the list of managed paths that have been defined as wildcard inclusions. For more information about managed paths, see Define managed paths in the Central Administration Help system.

  6. In the Template Selection section, in the Select a template list, select the template that you want to use for the top-level site in the site collection.

  7. In the Primary Site Collection Administrator section, enter the user name (in the form DOMAIN\username) for the user who will be the site collection administrator.

  8. If you want to identify a user as the secondary owner of the new top-level Web site (recommended), in the Secondary Site Collection Administrator section, enter the user name for the secondary administrator of the site collection.

  9. If you are using quotas to limit resource use for site collections, in the Quota Template section, click a template in the Select a quota template list.

  10. Click OK.

For information about how to perform this procedure using the Stsadm command-line tool, see Createsite: Stsadm operation (Windows SharePoint Services).

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