SharePoint Self-Service Site Creation is a feature which is enabled by administrators and allows users to create their own top-level Web site. Microsoft has introduced the “Self-Service Site Collection” feature from SharePoint 2010 onwards.
In this SharePoint 2013 tutorial, I would like to discuss about few important aspects:
- What is the “Self-Service Site Collection” feature in SharePoint?
- How does “Self-Service Site Collection” helps the users in SharePoint?
- How to enable “Self-Service Site Collection” feature in SharePoint 2013/2016?
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In a SharePoint site, admin group members can create their own subsites, 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 the site can create the top level site collection.
Advantages of Self-Service Site Collection
As we all know SharePoint is meant for collaboration and document management with high security to data. In bigger business units sometimes the user has to create a separate high-level site to collaborate with all the other business units and clients. It will be helpful to the user to create an individual top-level site without approaching an administrator.
Since this can have to be enabled in central administration, only FARM administrator can do this. Follow the below steps to enable this feature:
Log – on to the SharePoint application server with a FARM admin account. Open SharePoint Central Administration, (Start -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools -> SharePoint 2013 Central Administration).
Activating feature from ribbon control
Configuring from Application Management. From SharePoint 2013 central administration, click on Application Management, then click on Configure self-service site creation.
Once you configure / enable this feature any user from that site collection can create site collection using:
<<site collection URL>>_/layouts/15/scsignup.aspx Ex: http://sharepoint13:12345_/layouts/15/scsignup.aspx
Once it is configured, non admin users can create site collection in SharePoint 2013/2016.
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.
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Hope this SharePoint 2013 tutorial explains, what is self service site creation in SharePoint 2013/2016? How we can enable self service site creation SharePoint 2013/2016.
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