Create a site

This article describes how global admins and SharePoint admins in Microsoft 365 can create sites (previously called "site collections").

For info about creating site collections in SharePoint Server, see Create a site collection in SharePoint Server.

Create a site in the new SharePoint admin center

By using the new SharePoint admin center, you can create sites that use one of the new team site or communication site templates.

  1. Go to the Active sites page of the new SharePoint admin center, and sign in with an account that has admin permissions for your organization.

Note

If you have Office 365 Germany, sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center, then browse to the SharePoint admin center and open the Active sites page.
If you have Office 365 operated by 21Vianet (China), sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center, then browse to the SharePoint admin center and open the Active sites page.

  1. Select Create.

    The Create button on the Active sites page

  2. Select Team site (to create a Microsoft 365 group-connected team site), Communication site, or Other options (to create a new team site without a Microsoft 365 group, or to create a classic site).

    The Create a site panel

  3. Follow the steps to specify a site name, owner, language, and other settings. When you're done, select Finish.

Note

If you enter a site name and another site already exists at the default address for that name, the site address will automatically be changed to an available address. For example, if you enter "Marketing" as the site name, and you already have a site at /sites/marketing, the new site will be created at /sites/marketing2. If you want to re-use the URL "marketing" for the new site, you need to permanently delete the existing site or delete the redirect at that address.

Create a classic site

We recommend using the new site templates for all your new sites. However, if you need to create a site that uses a classic template, you can do so directly from the Microsoft 365 admin center.

  1. Sign in to https://admin.microsoft.com as a global or SharePoint admin. (If you see a message that you don't have permission to access the page, you don't have Microsoft 365 admin permissions in your organization.)

    Note

    If you have Office 365 Germany, sign in at https://portal.office.de. If you have Office 365 operated by 21Vianet (China), sign in at https://login.partner.microsoftonline.cn/. Then select the Admin tile to open the admin center.

  2. In the left pane, select Resources > Sites. (You may need to select Show all to see the Resources option.)

    Microsoft 365 admin sites

  3. Select Add a site.

    Create a classic site from the Microsoft 365 admin center

  4. Fill out the properties for the site:

    New Site Collection dialog (top half)

  • In the Title box, enter a name for the site.

  • In the Web Site Address drop-down lists, select a domain name and a URL path — either /sites/ or /teams/ — and then type a URL name for the site.

  • In the Template Selection section, in the Select a language drop-down list, select a language for the site. You can enable the SharePoint multiple language interface on your sites, but the primary language for the site will remain the one you select here.

    Note

    It's important to select the appropriate language for the site, because once it's set, it cannot be changed. After creating a site, verify the locale and regional settings are accurate. (For example, a site created for Chinese will have its locale set to China.)

  • In the Template Selection section, under Select a template, select the template that most closely describes the purpose of your site.

    Tip

    For more information about the classic templates, see Using templates to create different kinds of SharePoint sites.

  • In the Time Zone box, select the time zone that's appropriate for the location of the site.

  • In the Administrator box, enter the user name of the person you want to be the site administrator. You can also use the Check Names or Browse button to find a user to make site administrator.

  • In the Storage Quota box, enter the number of megabytes (MB) you want to allocate to this site. Do not exceed the available amount that is displayed next to the box.

  • In the Server Resource Quota box, accept the resource quota default. This setting no longer affects the resource amounts available for the site.

  1. Select OK.