Managed Path in SharePoint 2013

sharepoint online managed paths

In this post we will discuss about managed paths in SharePoint 2013. After you installed SharePoint 2013 then when you will try to create a site collection under a web application then the path it will take as http://Servername:port/Site/TestSite. But in real life we will need a useful urls like:

http://Servername:port/HR

or

http://Servername:port/IT
http://Servername:port/IT/SharePoint
http://Servername:port/IT/Java

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For this type of requirement we have to create Managed Paths. Managed Paths are web application based. To create managed path, Open your SharePoint Central Administration. Then click on Manage web applications under Application Management. This will Open the list of web applications, select the particular web application. Then from the ribbon click on Manage -> then Managed Paths as shown in the fig below:

 Managed Path in SharePoint 2013
Managed Path in SharePoint 2013

This will be Define Managed Paths dialog box, where by default you can see default paths: (root) (Explicit inclusion)/sites (Wildcard inclusion).

Here we have to Add a New Path. There we can put the path whichever you want, in this case I have put HR.

Then the “Type”. There are two types:
1- Explicit inclusion: If you donot want to create any further site collections under the specified path then we can use this option. Suppose you gave the pathe “HR”. Then you will be able not be able to create a site collection under this http://Servername:port/HR.

2- Wildcard inclusion: But in Wildcard inclusion you will be able to create further site collections under the managed path. Like If you have given the path as “IT”. Then you can create site collections like /IT, /IT/SharePoint, /IT/Java.

In this case I have choosen Explicit inclusion and then click on Add Path like below:

Managed Path in SharePoint 2013
Managed Path in SharePoint 2013

It will be appear like below under the paths.

managed path in sharepoint
managed path in sharepoint

Now create a site collection from the central administration. You will be able to see “/hr” path like below:

managed path in sharepoint 2010
managed path in sharepoint 2010

Now we will try to add a Wildcard inclusion path. So again click on “Managed Paths” under Manage. in the ribbon.

In the Define Managed Paths dialog box, give the new path as “IT”. Then in the Type, choose Wildcard inclusion as shown in the fig below:

create a managed path in sharepoint 2013
create a managed path in sharepoint 2013

Now after clicking on add path, the path will be added and will be look like below:

create a managed path in sharepoint 2016
create a managed path in sharepoint 2016

Now if you will try to create a site collection, you will be able to see path as “/IT” then you can give path like IT/SharePoint like below:

sharepoint online managed paths
sharepoint online managed paths

Hope this will be helpful.


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About Bijay Kumar

I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SharePointSky.com

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