Create a team site in SharePoint Online

Create a SharePoint Onlineteam site to provide a location where you and your team can work on projects and share information from anywhere on any device. A team site includes a group of related web pages, a default document library for files, lists for data management, and web parts that you can customize to meet your needs.

When you create a team site in Office 365, a corresponding Office 365 Group is automatically created and any users you add to your team site get added to the Office 365 Group. All members of the team site have access to the Office 365 Group and can create pages, new document libraries, and custom lists as needed They can also add web parts to pages that can be rearranged on the page by simply dragging and dropping them into place. There's no need to create an email distribution list or a SharePoint group. For more information about Office 365 Groups, see Learn about Office 365 groups.

Should I create a team site or a communication site?

Use a team site when you want to collaborate with other members of your team or with others on a specific project. With a team site, typically all or most members can contribute content to the site and the information is limited to only the members of the team or project and specific stakeholders. If your intention is to simply broadcast information out to a broad audience, a communication site is the better choice. With a communication site, typically only a small set of members contribute content that is consumed by a much larger audience.

Steps to create a team site

  1. Sign in to Office 365. For help, see Where to sign in to Office 365.

  2. In the top left corner of the page, select the app launcher icon Office 365 app launcher icon and then select the SharePoint tile. If you don't see the SharePoint tile, click the Sites tile or All if SharePoint is not visible.

    Note: If you don't see the SharePoint tile or the Sites tile, your Office 365 subscription may not include SharePoint Online. Contact the person administering Office 365 in your organization. If you're the administrator for your Office 365 tenant, see Switch to a different Office 365 for business plan to add SharePoint Online to your subscription.

  3. At the top of the SharePoint page, click + Create site and choose the Team site option. A site creation wizard will appear on the right-hand side of the screen where you input the information to create a team site with an Office 365 Group.

    Note: If you don't see the + Create site link, self-service site creation may be disabled in Office 365. Contact the person administering Office 365 in your organization to create a team site. If you're a tenant administrator, see Manage site creation in SharePoint Online to enable self-service site creation for your organization. Site creation is not currently available in the SharePoint mobile app.

    Create Site command

    Choose a site type in SharePoint Online

  4. If enabled by your admin, select the design you want to use for your site.

    Choose a design for your team site

    Note: This option only appears if custom site designs are available. For more information about how to create custom site designs, see SharePoint site design and site script overview.

  5. Give your new team site a name. An Office 365 Group e-mail will be automatically generated with the same name as your team site. As you type, you will see whether or not the name you've chosen is available.

    New SharePoint Team Site

  6. In the Site description box, add some text that let's people know the purpose of your site.

  7. In the Privacy settings section, choose either Public - anyone in the organization can access this site or Private - only members can access this site to control who has access to your site.

  8. If enabled by your admin, choose a site classification in the How sensitive is your data? section and then click Next. The options listed can pertain to sensitivity of information or to the life-cycle of information on your site.

  9. Add the names or email addresses of anyone else you want to manage the site in the Add additional owners box.

    Add members to a team site

    Note: The site creator is automatically a member of the site owners group.

  10. In the Add members box, add the name or email address for everyone you want to be a member of your site and then click Finish. Members added to the Office 365 group associated with the site are automatically added to the site members group.

    To wait and add additional owners, members, or visitors later, click Finish.

    If you've chosen a custom site design, a panel will open up on the right showing the set-up status for your new site.

    Team site with custom design status

    Once your site is created, it will appear among the sites you're following. Your site will not inherit the permission settings or navigation of other sites. See the Manage site permissions section in Manage your SharePoint team site settings for more details.

Classic site creation

If your screen doesn't match the images above, it means that your administrator has site creation set to the classic site creation experience. In this case, a corresponding Office 365 Group won't be created.

  1. Click + Create site.

    Create Site command

  2. Give your site a name, and then click Create.

    Create a new site dialog when classic sites are enforced

    Your site will be created in the location your administrator has predefined and the site will appear among the sites you’re following. Your site will not inherit the permission settings or navigation of other sites.

New classic site

Next steps

Now that you've created a site, learn how you can customize and get the most out of it:

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