Self-Service Site Collection in SharePoint 2013

how to enable self service site creation in sharepoint 2013

Scenario:

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?

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

Approach 1:

Activating feature from ribbon control

Self service site collection in SharePoint 2013
Self service site collection in SharePoint 2013
how to enable self service site creation in sharepoint 2013
how to enable self service site creation in sharepoint 2013

Approach 2:

Configuring from Application Management


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sharepoint online self service site creation
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self service site creation sharepoint 2016

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

Creating site collection using non admin user:

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self service site creation sharepoint 2010
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enable self service site creation sharepoint 2013

You can see that it is not a sub site:

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configure self service site creation sharepoint 2013

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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sharepoint 2016 self-service site creation

Hope this helps, happy administration in SharePoint !!!

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About Krishna Vandanapu

I am Krishna.Vandanapu a SharePoint architect working in IT from last 12 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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