A newly created SharePoint Online site uses the Enterprise Wiki template instead of the Publishing Portal template

Problem

When you create a SharePoint Online root site collection by using the Publishing Portal template in Office 365 Enterprise, the newly created site collection uses the Enterprise Wiki template. 

NOTE: This applies to the root site collection only.

Solution

This is expected behavior in SharePoint Online. The Publishing Portal template isn't available as a root level site collection template. If you want to use the Publishing Portal template, create the site at a location other than the root URL.

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