Create or delete a site collection

This article shows how Office 365 global admins and SharePoint admins can create and delete site collections in SharePoint Online.

Notes: This article covers classic sites. For info about creating and deleting team sites that have an Office 365 group and communication sites, see:

You can create different types of site collections in SharePoint Online. For example, you might create sites for project collaboration, sites for record storage, and sites for intranet portal pages. Some previous Office 365 plans can have only one site collection. For info, see Limits for previous Office 365 plans for small and mid-size businesses.

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

  2. Select the app launcher icon The icon that looks like a waffle and represents a button click that will reveal multiple application tiles for selection. in the upper-left and choose Admin to open the Office 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.

    Office 365 admin center create site collection

    Note: 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.

      Note: 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.

      Tip: For more information on templates, see Using templates to create different kinds of SharePoint Online 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.

  6. 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.

Deleted site collections move to the site collection Recycle Bin and are retained for 30 days. When you delete a site collection, you delete everything within it, including:

  • Document libraries and files.

  • Lists and list data.

  • Site settings and history.

  • Any subsites and their contents.

You should notify the site collection owners and subsite owners before you delete a site collection so they can move their data to another location, and also tell users when the sites will be deleted. To delete a classic site:

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

  2. Select the app launcher icon The icon that looks like a waffle and represents a button click that will reveal multiple application tiles for selection. in the upper-left and choose Admin to open the Office 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, choose Admin centers > SharePoint.

  4. Select the check box next to the site collection or multiple site collections that you want to delete.

  5. On the Site Collections tab, select Delete.

    Site Collection page with Delete selected
  6. Confirm the information in the Delete Site Collections dialog box, and then select Delete.

    Delete Site Collection dialog box

For sites that have an Office 365 group, delete the group to delete the site:

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

  2. In the left pane, choose Groups > Groups.

  3. Select the check box next to the group you want to delete.

  4. Select Delete.

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See Also

Enable or disable site collection features

Introduction to multilingual features

Restore deleted items from the site collection recycle bin

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