How to create a SharePoint site in Office 365

In this Office 365 tutorial, we will discuss What is Team Site and Communication Site in Office 365. How to create a SharePoint site in Office 365? Also, we will see how to create a team site in sharepoint online without office 365 group.

Also, In this Office 365 SharePoint site tutorial, We will cover these below things as:

  • How to create a team site in sharepoint online
  • how to create a sharepoint site in office 365 from the SharePoint admin center
  • create a team site in sharepoint online without office 365 group
  • Delete SharePoint Team Site in Office 365
  • How to create a SharePoint Communication site in office 365
  • Delete SharePoint Communication Site in Office 365
  • Delete Communication Site and Team Site from SharePoint Admin Portal
  • How to delete Multiple sites from SharePoint Admin Portal
  • Convert a team site into Communication site or Viceversa
  • How to know if a site is a SharePoint team site or not?

Team site and Communication site in Office 365

Team sites are the SharePoint sites that are created to collaborate with team members in Office 365. If you want to share the information about your project with your team members then we should create a Team site in SharePoint.

Communication sites are the SharePoint sites that are created to share news, reports, or status in a proper format with the entire organization rather within a team.

If you want to share the information with all the members or your organization then you should use the communication site. By default the communication site permission is private.

Note:

There will not have any Office 365 group associated with a communication site.

How to create a SharePoint site in Office 365 (With Office 365 group)

Here, I am going to explain how to create SharePoint team site in office 365.

  • First, log in the Office 365 portal and then you can directly click on the SharePoint.
  • Also, you can open the SharePoint by using the App Launcher (Go to App launcher >> SharePoint).
How to create a SharePoint site in Office 365
Office 365 admin center

Once you will click on SharePoint, it will open SharePoint page where you can create Office 365 SharePoint site. Click on +Create site and then choose the Team site.

how to create a sharepoint site step by step
how to create a sharepoint site in office 365

Now, Team site wizard will open where you need to provide these below things:

  • Site name: Enter a new name for a Team site.
  • Group email address: Specify the group email address.
  • Site address: When you enter the site name, then the site address will be automatically generated.
  • Site description: Provide a description for the new team site.
  • Privacy settings: choose one option who can access your site either Public – anyone in the organization can access this site or Private – only members can access this site.
  • Select a language: Select the language of your Team site.

Click on Next.

Create a Team site in Office 365 (with the group)
Create a sharepoint site in office 365

Now you need to add an additional owners and members into that new Team site.

  • Add Additional owners: Enter a name or Email address to whom you want to make additional owners.
  • Add members: Give the name or email address to whom you want to be a member of your group.

Click on Finish.

how to create a sharepoint team site in office 365
SharePoint site in office 365

Create a Team Site from SharePoint Admin Center

Here, I am going to explain how to create team site from the SharePoint Admin center.

  • From the Office 365 Site Portal, You can directly click on the Admin option.
  • Also, you can open the SharePoint admin center by using the App Launcher (Go to App launcher >> Admin >> SharePoint admin center).
  • Click on Sites >> Active sites >> + Create to create a new Team site as shown below.
How to Create a team site without a group in Office 365
Create a team site in Office 365 from admin center

Now, click on the Team site to create a new Team site.

Another way to create a Team site
create a team site in sharepoint online

Now, the Team site is created with Office 365 group which looks like the below screenshot:

create office 365 Team Site
create a team site in sharepoint

This is how we can create a team site in office 365.

Create a team site in sharepoint online without office 365 group

Here, I am going to explain how to create a site without a group in Office 365. Follow the below steps to create a team site without office 365 group.

  • From the Office 365 Site Portal, You can directly click on the Admin >> SharePoint option.
  • Also, you can open the SharePoint admin center by using the App Launcher (Go to App launcher >> Admin >> SharePoint admin center).
  • Click on Sites >> Active sites >> Create to create a new team site without a group.
How to Create a team site without a group in Office 365
create a team site without office 365 group

Select Other options (from buttom of the page) to create a new team site without an Office 365 group.

Create a team site without a group in Office 365
create a team site in sharepoint online without office 365 group
  • You can choose a template from Other options otherwise by default, SharePoint provides a Team site template to your site.

Now, the wizard will open where you need to provide this below things to create a modern team site without an office 365 group.

  • Site name: Give a name to your new team site in the Site name field.
  • Site address: Site address field will be automatically generated, you can also edit the site address.
  • Primary administrator: Give the name or address in the primary administrator field to create your site.
  • Select Language: Select the language of your Team site.
  • Advanced settings: You can set the Time zone which you want to set.
  • Then, click on Finish to create a team site without Office 365 group.
create a modern team site without an office 365 group
create a modern team site without an office 365 group

If you will go to the Active Sites, then you can see the Team site will be created without creating the Office 365 group.

team site (no office 365 group)
create a modern team site without an office 365 group

This is how to create a team site in sharepoint online without office 365 group.

Delete SharePoint Team Site in Office 365

Here, I am going to explain how to delete SharePoint Team site in office 365.

  • From the Office 365 portal, Click on the SharePoint option from itself.
  • Also, you can open the SharePoint by using the App Launcher (Go to App launcher >> SharePoint).
  • Then, select the Team site which you want to delete.
How to Delete a SharePoint Team Site in Office 365

In the next screen, Click on Settings or Gear Icon >> Site Information as like below.

deletion of team site

In Site Information window, click on Delete Site to delete the SharePoint Team site.

cannot delete sharepoint site

Select the checkbox to delete Office 365 group and this will delete all the resources including the sites, files, conversations, calendar, etc.

Click on Delete to delete the team site from Office 365 as shown below.

office 365 sharepoint delete a site

Create a communication site in sharepoint online

Here, I am going to explain how to create a communication site in SharePoint online office 365.

  • From the Office 365 Portal, click on the SharePoint option.
  • Also, you can open the SharePoint by using the App Launcher (Go to App launcher >> SharePoint).
Create a SharePoint Communication site in office 365

Once you will click on SharePoint, it will open the SharePoint page where you can create Office 365 SharePoint site. Click on the +Create site and then choose the Communication site.

Create a SharePoint Communication site in office 365
create a communication site in sharepoint online

Then first, you can choose a design. By default SharePoint provides 3 designs to choose from:

  1. Topic:  select this design if you have a lot of information to share like news, announcements, and events, etc.
  2. Showcase: you want to showcase a product a team or event using images then you can use showcase design.
  3. Blank: I do not want any design then you can select a blank site. 
  • Provide Site name for your communication site, then the site address will populate automatically based on your site name but you can edit the site address.
  • Then provide SharePoint communication site description and Select a language.
  • Then click on Finish, it will create the SharePoint Online communication site.
how to create a sharepoint communication site
create a communication site in sharepoint online

The Communication site will look like below screenshot:

how to build a sharepoint communication site
create a communication site in sharepoint online office 365

Delete a SharePoint Online Communication Site in Office 365

Here, I am going to explain how to delete SharePoint Communication site in office 365.

  • From the Office 365 portal, Click on the SharePoint option.
  • Also, you can open the SharePoint by using the App Launcher (Go to App launcher >> SharePoint).
  • Then, select the communication site which you want to delete.
How to Delete a SharePoint Communication Site in Office 365
delete sharepoint online communication site

In the next screen click on Settings or Gear Icon >> Site Information.

Delete a SharePoint Communication Site in Office 365

From the Site Information window, click on Delete Site.

how to deleting a sharepoint communication site in office 365
how to delete communication site in sharepoint online

Select the checkbox to delete the communication site and this will delete all the SharePoint content in the site.

Now, click on Delete to delete the communication site.

deleting a sharepoint communication site in office 365

Delete Communication Site and Team Site in Office 365

Here, I am going to explain how to delete the SharePoint communication site and team site from the SharePoint admin portal.

  • From the Office 365 Admin portal, Click on the Admin >> SharePoint option from that existing page.
  • Also, you can open the SharePoint admin center by using the App Launcher (Go to App launcher >> Admin ).
delete multiple sharepoint sites

Now, click on SharePoint to open the SharePoint Admin Portal.

 Delete Communication Site and Team Site from SharePoint Admin Portal
  • In SharePoint Admin Portal, click on Sites >> Active Sites.
  • Select the SharePoint site which you want to delete and then click on Delete.
how to delete communication site in sharepoint online

If you want to restore the site, then you can restore it within 93 days otherwise it will be permanently deleted from SharePoint Office 365.

Click on Delete to delete the SharePoint communication site and team site from SharePoint Admin Portal.

delete sharepoint communication site

Delete Multiple SharePoint Online sites

  • Open Office 365 portal, then click on Admin>> SharePoint.
  • Also, you can click on App Launcher >> Admin.
  • Now, click on SharePoint to open the SharePoint Admin Portal.
  • In SharePoint Admin Portal, click on Sites >> Active Sites.
  • Select the SharePoint sites which you want to delete.
  • Then, click on Bulk edit >> Delete to delete the bulk site.
How to Delete Multiple sites from SharePoint Admin Portal
Delete Multiple SharePoint Online sites

Now, confirm to delete the selected multiple sites and then click on Delete.

How to Delete Multiple sites from SharePoint Admin Portal
Delete Multiple SharePoint Online sites
  • Select the checkbox to delete all the site resources, and then click on Delete.
  • Now, All the multiple sites will be deleted from the SharePoint Admin Portal.
remove Multiple sites from SharePoint Admin Portal

Convert a team site into Communication site or Viceversa

Still, there is no method to convert the communication site into a team site or to convert the team site to the communication site. You can copy and paste the content of existing site pages.

How to know if a site is a SharePoint team site or not?

Let us see, how to know if a site is a SharePoint team site or not? Here let us see, whether a SharePoint site is Team site or not.

  1. Look and Feel – The template of the SharePoint team site is quite different than other SharePoint sites. By default SharePoint team site contains news, Quick links, documents, and Activity web parts. And also you can add other web parts.
How to know if a site is a SharePoint team site or not?
SharePoint team site

2. Office 365 group connected team site – When we create a modern team site it get connected to Microsoft 365 group, so it behaves like an office 365 group connected site. If you have been permitted to connect with the Microsoft group, then you have been permitted to connect with the SharePoint team site. SharePoint Classic team sites are not group-connected sites.

How to know if a site is a SharePoint team site or not?
modern SharePoint team site

3. Site Assets library – The site asset library is a regular document library that is by default present on the SharePoint team site.

How to differentiate team site from other site
Site assets library in SharePoint team site

4. Privacy Setting – When you create a team site, you have to choose whether the SharePoint team site will be private or public. And if you want to change the Privacy setting after creating the team site you can change it from your team site. This privacy setting is available on the SharePoint team site.

How to differentiate team site from other site
how to know a site is a team site in sharepoint

5. Outlook (groups) – SharePoint modern team site are associated with office 365 groups, group connected team site is displayed in the outlook under the group section, it allows members to easily access the files.

how to know a site is a team site in sharepoint
how to know a site is a team site in sharepoint

These are a few things, to differentiate a team site from other site.

Error while opening content and structure in SharePoint Site

Let us see, how to resolve the issue which comes when the user clicks on “content and structure” in the site settings page in SharePoint Online.

Recently for a subsite, a few of my users said that they get something went wrong error when they try to open site settings -> content and structure link.

The error comes as:
Sorry, something went wrong.
An unexpected error has occurred.

Error while opening content and structure in SharePoint
Error while opening content and structure in SharePoint

When we try in other subsites we also found the same issue in all other subsites as well. The same issue was also there in the top-level site as well. Now where people can visit the content and structure page.

When we check the log with Correlation ID we found the below very wired message. You can see Get Error Details based on Correlation ID from ULS Logs in SharePoint 2013 using PowerShell.

System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.Internal.WebControls.ObjectSerializer.evaluateTestAutomationId(CachedList cachedListToEval) at Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.Internal.WebControls.ObjectSerializer.get_AutomationId() at Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.Internal.WebControls.EcbEnabledTreeNode.RenderPreText(HtmlTextWriter writer) at System.Web.UI.WebControls.TreeNode.Render(HtmlTextWriter writer, Int32 position, Boolean[] isLast, Boolean enabled) at System.Web.UI.WebControls.TreeNode.RenderChildNodes(HtmlTextWriter writer, Int32 depth, Boolean[] isLast, Boolean enabled) at System.Web.UI.WebControls.TreeNode.Render(HtmlTextWriter writer, Int32 positio…bbf7649d-a272-40a9-44f3-a939c2dc7e82

After lots of R&D we got clue from this article.

We are having the same issue. I checked all the lists and document library in the top-level site. And I found when I was trying to open one particular list, it gave me the error Sorry, something went wrong… etc etc etc. When I try to find out the error details from the correlation id, it gave an error as:
System.ArgumentException: Feature ‘e004c372-2b1e-439e-a6b0-3c9681343122’ for list template ‘88003’ is not installed in this farm. The operation could not be completed.

Basically, that was the corrupted issue, which was causing the issue.

Then I remove the list from the site contents page in SharePoint.

Error while opening content and structure in SharePoint
Error while opening content and structure in SharePoint

Else we can use PowerShell to delete that particular list. After that when I try to open content and structure, it worked fine.

This is how to solve An unexpected error has occurred error which comes while user clicks on “content and structure” in the site settings page in SharePoint.

You may like following SharePoint Online tutorials:

In this Office 365 tutorial, how to create a SharePoint site in Office 365 and how to create a team site without office 365 group.

  • What is a team site and communication site in Office 365
  • How to create a sharepoint team site in office 365 or create a team site without office 365 group
  • Create a Team Site from the SharePoint Online admin center
  • create a team site in sharepoint online without office 365 group
  • Delete SharePoint Team Site in Office 365
  • How to create a SharePoint Communication site in office 365
  • Delete SharePoint Communication Site in Office 365
  • Delete Communication Site and Team Site from SharePoint Admin Portal
  • How to delete Multiple sites from SharePoint Admin Portal
  • Convert a team site into Communication site or Viceversa
  • How to know if a site is a SharePoint team site or not?
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