Create a subsite

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2008-07-25

You can create a subsite within the existing site structure if you have full control or design-level permissions for the site. By default, a new subsite uses the URL of its parent site as the first part of its URL. A subsite can inherit the permissions and navigation of the existing site, but you can also specify unique permissions and navigation. For example, a new subsite uses the existing top link bar and home page by default. However, you can specify that the subsite use its own top link bar and home page.


The top link bar appears as one or more hyperlinked tabs across the top of all pages.

When you create a new subsite, you can include the subsite in navigational elements of the parent site to help people find the site. For example, you can include the subsite in the top link bar of the parent site and on the Quick Launch of the parent site. The Quick Launch is displayed on the side of most user-facing pages directly below the View All Site Content link.

You must create a site collection prior to creating a subsite because the top-level site is created when you create a site collection. Once the top-level site is available, you can create subsites under it. For a subsite, you might inherit permissions from a parent site or define unique permissions that are independent of permissions for other subsites or parent site.

Membership in the Site Administrators SharePoint group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

Create a subsite

Use this procedure to create a subsite.

Create a subsite

  1. Open the parent site by using any one of the following methods:

    • Type the URL of the site in the Internet Explorer.

    • On the View Site Collection page, click the site collection that you want to view.

  2. On the parent site, click Site Actions. The Site Actions button is located on the upper right corner of the parent site.

  3. Click Create. The Create page appears.

  4. In the Web Pages section, click Sites and Workspaces. The New SharePoint Site page appears.

  5. In the Title and Description boxes, specify the title and description respectively. The title that you specify is displayed at the top of the site that you create.

  6. In the Web Site Address section, in the URL box, specify the URL of the site that you want to create.

  7. In the Template Selection section, in the Select a template list, select the template that you want to use for creating a subsite in the site collection.

  8. In the Permissions section, specify whether to use parent sites permissions or to use unique ones for this subsite.

  9. In the Navigation section, specify whether links to this site appear in the top link bar of the parent site and in the Quick Launch.

  10. In Navigation Inheritance section, specify whether the site inherits the top link bar from the parent sites.

  11. Click Create. The subsite is created.

    For information about how to perform this procedure by using the Stsadm command-line tool, see Createweb: Stsadm operation (Office SharePoint Server).

See Also


Create a site collection (Office SharePoint Server)
Delete a site collection (Office SharePoint Server)
Delete a subsite
View site collections for a Web application
View site collection hierarchy