Configure settings for a Web application

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2016-11-14

In this article:

  • General settings

  • Additional settings

You can configure Web application settings from the Application Management tab on the SharePoint Central Administration Web site.

General settings

To configure any of the following settings, see Configure Web application general settings.

After you create a Web application, you can use Central Administration to make changes to the following general Web application settings:

  • Web Application

    Displays the name of the Web Application currently being configured.

  • Default Time Zone

    Specifies the time zone to be used by sites that are created on the selected Web application.

  • Default Quota Template

    Specifies the quota template to be used by default for all sites that are created on the selected Web application.

    For information about quota templates, see Create quota templates (Office SharePoint Server).

  • Person Name Smart Tag and Presence Settings

    Enables online presence information to be displayed next to member names, and the Person Name smart tag to be displayed when users hover over a member name anywhere in the site.

  • Maximum Upload Size

    Specifies the maximum size permitted for a single upload to any site within the Web application. No single file, group of files, or content can be uploaded if the combined size is greater than the size specified.

    For information about capacity planning, see Plan for performance and capacity (Office SharePoint Server).

    For information about planning site collection quotas, see Plan for site maintenance and management (Office SharePoint Server).

  • Alerts

    Specifies whether the Web application will send e-mail alerts to users. By using the Alert Me link, users can choose to be notified when documents, document libraries, list items, or lists are updated.

    By using the Maximum number of alerts that a user can create box, you can choose to limit the number of alerts that a user can create. To some extent, by limiting the number of alerts that a user can create, you can control how many alerts are sent by the Web application.

    To perform this procedure, see Configure alert settings for a Web application.

  • RSS Settings

    Enables server-wide RSS feeds.

  • Blog API Settings

    Specifies whether or not to enable the MetaBlog API for the Web application, and whether or not to use the currently configured authentication method.

  • Web Page Security Validation

    Requires that the security validation expire after a specified length of time.

  • Send User Name and Password in E-Mail

    Enables the Web application to send a user their name and password by e-mail.


    If this setting is turned off, a new user cannot access the site until the administrator changes the password for the account, and then notifies the user of the new password.

  • Backward-Compatible Event Handlers

    Enables backward-compatible event handlers.


    If this setting is turned off, users cannot bind a document library to a backward-compatible event handler.

  • Change Log

    Specifies how long change log entries are kept. For more information, see Change Log (\&clcid=0x40).

  • Recycle Bin

    Recycle Bin settings are configured at the Web application level, which means you can configure different settings for different Web applications. When you configure the Recycle Bin settings, you affect all sites hosted by the Web application.

    By default, the Recycle Bin status is set to On. Site collection administrators can specify the number of days after which items in the Recycle Bin are automatically deleted.


    If you change the Recycle Bin status to Off, all items currently stored in the Recycle Bins for the entire Web application are deleted. Any subsequent items that are deleted are not sent to the Recycle Bin and are permanently deleted.

    The second-stage Recycle Bin enables you to specify a percentage of the site collection disk space quota as storage for items that end users have deleted from their Recycle Bin. This enables users to easily restore items that have been deleted from the Recycle Bin.

    To perform this procedure, see Configure Recycle Bin settings.

Additional Settings

You can use the Application Management tab on the SharePoint Central Administration Web site to configure additional settings for your Web application.

  • Records Center connections

    A Records Center is a special type of SharePoint site that stores records and provides record routing and policy enforcement. A record is a document or other physical or electronic entity that serves as evidence of an activity or transaction performed by an organization. When you configure a connection to the Records Center site, users can send files to the Records Center by sending content from a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, by using managed e-mail folders in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, or by using a custom solution based on the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 object model.

    To perform this procedure, see Configure a connection to a Records Center site.

  • Managed path settings

    By defining managed paths, you can specify which paths in the URL namespace of a Web application are used for site collections. You can specify that one site collection or more than one site collection exists at a specified path. For example, an explicit path of "hr" indicates that the URL http://server/hr is a site collection. Similarly, a wildcard path of "sites" indicates that child URLs of http://server/sites/, such as http://server/sites/team, are site collections.

    To perform this procedure, see Define managed paths.

  • Self-service site creation

    By using the Self-Service Site Management page, you can enable users to create their own top-level Web sites.

    To turn on self-service site creation for a particular Web application, you must have created a site collection at the root level of that Web application.


    Users can also create subsites of any site for which they have the Create Subsites permission. The Create Subsites permission is included in the Full Control permission level by default, so any user or group that has been granted the Full Control permission level on a particular site can create subsites of that site.

    For more information, see Site Creation Worksheet (

    To perform this procedure, see Configure self-service site creation.

    For information about planning for self-service site management, see Plan process for creating sites (Office SharePoint Server).