Creating a Top Level Site Collection for SharePoint Server 2013 in a Test Environment

In a video tutorial titled Creating a SharePoint 2013 testing environment – Part 7 – Creating a Site Collection, Asif Rehmani demonstrates how a short set of point, click and edit procedures can be used to quickly set up a top level site collection for SharePoint Server 2013 in a test environment. Subscribers to can access and view this tutorial as often as required.

The new site collection is created from the Central Administration screen for SharePoint Server 2013. Asif notes, “you have to make sure that the web application is designated properly” in order for the site collection to appear at the top level of SharePoint Server 2013. Either check that the root web application has been selected, or make the selection at the time that you choose to set up the site collection.

Once the correct web application has been selected, provide a title and a description for the site collection. The Web Site address must be set as root (in other words “/”) in order for the site collection to appear at the top level.

Templates can be set for either a SharePoint 2013 experience, or a SharePoint 2010 experience. In our example we select SharePoint 2013 for the experience. The actual template options include a Team Site, Blog, Developer Site, Project Site or Community Site). Users can also select a template, by topic, by clicking on a tab on the “Select a Template” form box. Topics include “Collaboration”, “Enterprise”, “Publishing” or “Custom”.

“Collaboration” is the topic in this video tutorial. “Team Site” is selected for the template (Asif notes that the Team Site is the most commonly used Site Collection template).

Once a site collection administrator (meaning an individual, and not, as Asif notes, “a group”) has been specified, one clicks on the “OK” button to complete the process. The system will need to take sometime to set up this top level site collection. Once created, the site collection should be accessible by simply clicking on the URL for the root web application for SharePoint Server 2013 in this test environment. As Asif Rehmani notes, if a user has the correct set of permissions, a click on the URL will expose the web page for the site collection to the user.

Once the web page has been correctly produced, Asif Rehmani explains that it is then possible to create sub sites, establish permissions for users and more.

Ira Michael Blonder

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