Creating a site collection in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2010 was worlds apart from SharePoint 2007, and SharePoint 2013 continues that change with an updated interface, performance improvements, etc.. SharePoint 2013 looks very metro-ish, in line with Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system. I was recently creating a new SharePoint 2013 site collection, and thought I’d share it here. To create a new site collection, you’ll need access to the SharePoint Central Administration window. One of my favorite things about it is that unlike previous versions, you can select the experience version you’d like the site created as (2010 or 2013). For this post, I’ll be creating a 2010 version.


To start, go to either the start menu and select “SharePoint 2013 Central Administration” or navigate to the central admin site in your browser. Once that’s opened, under the Application Management, select “Create site collections”.




Once you click on it, the Create Site Collection page appears. Select your web application, and give your site a name and description.




By default, the URL is under “http://SPServer”, after that you can specify how want the URL to look. By default, your choices are /sites/, /my/personal/, or just /. You can add or remove paths for your site by clicking on the “Define Managed Paths” link under the “Web Site Address” section. The Defined Managed Paths page looks like:



To add your new path, you input your free text form under the “Add a New Path” section. You can also delete existing paths in the “included paths” section.


Once that’s done, click OK. This will take you back to the Create Site Collection page. Select your experience version, the template you want, and who your primary site collection admin is. Primary Site Collection admins have to be a specific person or service account, security groups aren’t allowed. In this case, I’m creating a Business Intelligence Center with a 2010 experience version:





Once you’re done, click Ok at the bottom right of the page. SharePoint then pops up with a page that looks like:




Once it’s done, you’re all set. You have a new site collection!


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