Microsoft has introduced “Self-Service Site Collection” feature from SharePoint 2010 onwards. In this article, I would like to discuss about few important aspects:
-> What is “Self-Service Site Collection” feature?
-> How does “Self-Service Site Collection” helps user?
-> How to enable “Self-Service Site Collection” feature?
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In a SharePoint site, admin group members can create their own sub sites, lists, libraries and also they can manage permissions as per the business needs. Self-Service Site Creation is a feature which is enabled by administrators and allows users to create their own top-level Web site. User does not need administrator permissions on the web application server / virtual server, once this feature is enabled by FARM administrator any user part of site can create the top level site collection.
How does “Self-Service Site Collection” helps user?
As we all know SharePoint is meant for collaboration and document management with high security to data. In a bigger business units sometimes user has to create a separate high level site to collaborate with all the other business units and clients. It will be helpful to user to create individual top-level site without approaching administrator.
How to enable “Self-Service Site Collection” feature?
Since this can has to be enabled in central administration, only FARM administrator can do this. Follow the below steps to enable this feature:
Log – on to application server with FARM admin account
Open Central Administration
Start -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools -> SharePoint 2013 Central Administration
Activating feature from ribbon control
Configuring from Application Management
Once you configure / enable this feature any user from that site collection can create site collection using:
<<site collection URL>>_/layouts/15/scsignup.aspx
Creating site collection using non admin user:
You can see that it is not a sub site:
Now if we log on to central admin we can see this as site collection under http://sharepoint13:12345 web application.
Hope this helps, happy administration in SharePoint !!!
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