Manage Web Application Settings in SharePoint 2013 – Part1

Manage Web Application Settings in SharePoint 2013

In a SharePoint site we can manage the settings or settings at various levels like web / sub site level, Site Collection level and Web Application Level. I would like to focus on few of the important setting should be known to all developers and SharePoint support team.

Here are the various setting we can see on Web Application level in any SharePoint version later 2010.

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-> General Settings
-> Resource Throttling
-> Workflow
-> Outgoing Email
-> Mobile Account
-> SharePoint Designer

Web Application settings can be changed / configured in Central Administration from Application server.
Log on to Application Server with FARM Administrator account and open Central Administration.
Central Administration -> Application Management -> Manage Web Applications
Select the desired web application and click on General Settings from ribbon control.

Manage Web Application Settings in SharePoint 2013
Manage Web Application Settings in SharePoint 2013

General Settings for SharePoint 2013 web application:

As the name states, as part of this we can configure various general settings at web application level.

Few of the important settings we need to know are:

-> Default Quota Template
-> Person Name Actions and Presence Settings
-> Alerts
-> RSS Settings
-> Web Page Security Validation
-> Recycle Bin
-> Maximum Upload Size

Default Quota Template:

Default quota template is one option we see as part of creating site collection. If we change the quota template at web application it will be applicable to all the site collections associated with it and for all new site collections.

What exactly quota template consists of:

manage permissions for a web application in sharepoint 2013
manage permissions for a web application in sharepoint 2013

Person Name Actions and Presence Settings:

This is one beautiful option in SharePoint which connects with messenger / communication window using in that domain. If the SharePoint admin enables this it will show the availability /status of the user in SharePoint itself.

web application permission model
web application permission model


Alerts in SharePoint helps user to notify on various aspect. Like if the business user wanted to know all the activities performed on their business documents he/she can setup an alert. To perform that SharePoint administrator has to enable this. Admin can also set a restriction maximum no.of alerts per user on a web application.

sharepoint 2013 web application access denied
sharepoint 2013 web application access denied

RSS Settings:

Microsoft introduced RSS (Really Simple Syndication) from SharePoint 2007 onwards. RSS is a one of the best and simple way for user to make news, blogs and other contents in SharePoint. RSS can be managed at 2 level one is at Web Application and the other one is Site Collection level. Once the RSS is enable user will get an option to add comments for any connect on page. This really works well and handy in bigger organization while harvesting the feedback.

manage web applications setting sharepoint 2013
manage web applications setting sharepoint 2013

By mentioning “Yes” we are enabling the RSS at Web Application level.

Web Security validation:

We often see the page / session expiration while creating a site collection from Central administration. That will be managed at this point for every web application by default the security validation expires after 30 min, we can change as per the business needs at any point of time.

manage web applications setting sharepoint 2010
manage web applications setting sharepoint 2010

Recycle Bin:

In SharePoint as soon as user delete any content from the site it will be moved to “Recycle Bin” and we can configure how many days we want to retain that content in Recycle Bin. The Recycle Bin in SharePoint exists at 2 levels one is site level and other one is at Site Collection level.

In fact SharePoint Administrator can define whether the content should go to recycle bin or delete permanently as soon as user deletes it at Web Application level.

manage web applications setting sharepoint
manage web applications setting sharepoint

Maximum Upload Size:

In SharePoint administrator can specify the maximum file size accepted at web application level. By default SharePoint allows 250 MB file if business demands to increase the upload size file limit you can update the same we can do it as part general settings of web application. For more details on file size and handling file upload issues refer to my previous article “Cannot Upload large files to SharePoint 2013”

sharepoint manage web applications
sharepoint manage web applications

Hope this helps in my next article will see other options stay tuned ….!!!

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About Krishna Vandanapu

I am Krishna.Vandanapu a SharePoint architect working in IT from last 13+ years, I worked in SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office 365. I have extensive hands on experience in customizing SharePoint sites from end to end. Expertise in SharePoint migration tools like Sharegate, Doc Ave and Metalogix. Migrated SharePoint sites from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 and 2010 to 2013 several times seamlessly. Implementing CSOM with Microsoft best practices. Spent quality time in configuring SharePoint application services like User Profile, Search, Managed Meta data services etc. Now exploring SharePoint Framework and SharePoint 2019

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