Create a site collection

This article describes how global admins and SharePoint admins in Office 365 can create SharePoint Online site collections that use classic templates from the Microsoft 365 admin center.


For info about creating sites that use the new templates (team sites and communication sites) in the new SharePoint admin center preview, see Manage sites in the new SharePoint admin center. For info about creating site collections in SharePoint Server, see Create a site collection in SharePoint Server.

Create a site collection that uses a classic template

SharePoint Online has several classic templates. For example, you can create sites for blogs, wikis, record storage, and publishing. Some previous Office 365 plans can have only one site collection. For info, see SharePoint Online limits.

  1. Sign in to Office 365 as a global admin or SharePoint admin.

  2. Select the app launcher icon The app launcher icon in Office 365 in the upper-left and choose Admin to open the Microsoft 365 admin center. (If you don't see the Admin tile, you don't have Office 365 administrator permissions in your organization.)

  3. In the left pane, select Resources, and then select Sites.

    Office 365 admin sites

  4. Select Add a site.

    Microsoft 365 admin center create site collection


    If you don't see the options above, select Admin centers > SharePoint and then select New > Private Site Collection. > Site Collection page with New selected

  5. Fill out the new site collection properties:

    New Site Collection dialog box (top half)

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

  • 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 collection.

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


    It's important to select the appropriate language for the site collection, because once it's set, it cannot be changed. After creating a site collection, 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, choose the template that most closely describes the purpose of your site collection. For example, if your site collection will be used for a team collaboration, choose Team Site.


    For more information on 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 collection.

  • In the Administrator box, type the user name of your site collection administrator. You can also use the Check Names or Browse button to find a user to make site collection administrator.

  • In the Storage Quota box, type the number of megabytes (MB) you want to allocate to this site collection. 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 collection.

  1. Click OK.

    The new site collection will appear in the URL list. The URL is the site collection location at which the administrator can start to create and manage sites.

See also

Enable or disable site collection features

Introduction to multilingual features