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Create a site

SharePoint 2010 Site Concepts

Creating a site in SharePoint is synonymous with creating a new section. A site, or section, is like a container that holds multiple pages. You want to create a new site (section) in your web site whenever you need to add content that will span multiple pages.

Here are a few examples of when you might want to create a new site (section):

  • You need a section for faculty and/or staff that includes a bio page for each person.
  • You need a section for academic programs or degrees, where each program and/or degree has its own page.
  • You need a section for grants and scholarships that includes a page for each grant/scholarship

NOTE: You must have a certain level of permission to be able to create a new site. If you need to make a new site, and do not see New Site as an option under Site Actions in the ribbon, contact your Site Owner or the CMS administrator.

To create a new site (section):

  1. Navigate to the site (or section) under which you would like to add the new site.

  2. NOTE: SharePoint will add the new site to the site/section you are in when you complete this task. Make sure you are in the appropriate site/section before you move to step 2.

  3. Click Site Actions, and then click New Site

  4. New_Site.png 

    The Create window opens


  5. Click Public Web Site - without Approval for your site template

  6. NOTES: Public Web Site - without Approval is the standard template for web pages. Public Web Forms is used specifically to create a form.

    Depending on your current site template in use, you may see other options here as well. Another template, Public Web Site - with Approval was recently removed from the options as it creates a number of maintenance issues and constraints for users.

  7. In the Title field, type a name for your new site.

  8. NOTE: The title is the site name that will display throughout the pages on your site, including in the navigation.

  9. In the URL name field, type a URL name for the site.

  10. NOTE: The URL name is the text that will appear for that page in the web address. You can make this the same as the site title, or rename it to something that is short and easy to reference.

    The URL name should be one word, and should not include spaces or special characters.

  11. Click Create

  12. SharePoint creates your new site, completing the tasks below (to name a few):

    a. Builds a default (home) page
    b. Builds navigation
    c. Sets up permissions
    d. Establishes a set of standard folders, including the following:
    • Documents: storage for all documents you upload and publish to your site
    • Images: storage for all images you upload and publish to your site
    • Pages: storage for all pages in your site
    • Workflow Tasks: not currently in use

    The default page for your new site opens.

  13. Click the Publish tab, and then click Unpublish

  14. NOTE: SharePoint automatically creates and publishes the home page of your new site. Make sure to Unpublish your new site immediately after you create it, or you will have a blank home page viewable to the public.

  15. On your new site's home page, in the Page tab, click Edit Properties

  16. Type the name of your page in the Name field

    TIP: The information you type into the Name field is displayed in the URL for your page.

  17. Type the title of your page in the Title field

    TIP: The information you type into the Title field is displayed as the title on your published page

  18. Click Save


    NOTE: Your breadcrumbs will not be updated until you check in.

  19. In the Page tab, click Check In


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