SharePoint Fundamentals
Create Site collection

Published: 31 August 2016

In this video you will learn how to create Site Collection


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Below are the complete list of videos on SharePoint Fundamentals

  1. What is SharePoint Click Here
  2. Sign-up for Office 365 Trial Click Here
  3. Considerations while creating Site Collection Click Here
  4. Create Site Collection Click Here
  5. When to create Sub site Click Here
  6. Create Sub site Click Here
  7. SharePoint Groups Click Here
  8. Custom Permission Level Click Here
  9. What are Classic Lists Click Here
  10. What are Classic Libraries Click Here

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You're working at Office 365, you will get an admin portal. So which is basically, this is called admin site for Office 365. So over the URL so you can see it provides list of site collections, sitecollections.aspx. And this is how it looks. So basically you will have different settings on this SharePoint admin center and you can see a lot of site collections which are available. Basically you will get a space and resources. This is the place where you will start creating site collections.

To create a new one, I can go ahead and click private site collection. The advantage while learning SharePoint is for each and every action there will be a description. While starting SharePoint if you take some time and read that, it provides a lot of help. So here it says like create a new site collection to collaborate with partners and people. Partners in the sense external users, people are within your organization. So let's click on Private Site Collection. Here again it shows the title and you can enter the web address. So this is called managed ports where you can have sites and teams, that's by default. And again here you'll get a template selection, here you have collaboration under which you have a team site, blog, developers site. This is for developing apps. This is something which was not available when you create a team site. But here it's a site collection, that's why you are able to select the publishing portal. But if you created site collection with publishing portal, then you will see that option when you create a sub site. If you have any custom web templates, that means you can have even more custom web templates also. It's not like only Microsoft is providing set of templates you have to use it. I think that, as developers, we can always customize our own templates and those will be available here. But we have seen the team site, how it looks, but let's go ahead and create one publishing portal here. So every time we create site collection, it creates a top level site. And I can specify the time zone and then we could decide who will be the administrator. Then you can specify the storage quota. This is what we were talking about. But when you saw yesterday this was not available when you created a sub site. So quota will be always decided when you create a site collection. So let's assume that 2GB, and here I'm going to specify the resources which will be for handler. And if you click okay, it's going to create and will be available in a few minutes, because in Office 365 this is the maximum options you have, like you can't go beyond this. I mean to say with the SharePoint you are limited to tenant level itself. This is called a tenant, which is group of site collections. But with SharePoint on premises you have your own server so you will have complete control of SharePoint server, what it can do and a lot more things. Right now it's creating so let's wait for a few more minutes, then we will come back here and see how it looks like. So this one is team site. This one is publishing portal. So welcome to publishing site, you can publish information. And here as well you can create sub sites and everything. It's similar but it has a lot of features. So if I go site contents and I will see the additional list libraries compared to what we saw in team site. If I go to site contents and you see you have only few list libraries. But whereas if I see here I have a pages library in addition to what you have in team site and you have form templates or document library. You have style library and site collection images. So you have a lot more things. So I would suggest you try to create different site templates as much as you can. Go to new site collection and try create at least these things: team site, publishing site, block template, developers site, and community site. When you go to enterprise try to create BI and see what are the different kinds of lists and libraries that are getting created. And one more thing I want you to observe here is when I go to site settings and have a look at the site collection features, and see what is the difference between these ones which are activated and the ones which are activated at the team site level. Just do these things and we will talk more about those things. What is the differences between team site and publishing site? Because most of the projects or scenarios you will be working, you will end up creating any one of them. If not, you might create most of the scenarios where you'll create a team site then activate some of the features. So we'll talk about those things going forward.

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