Manage site creation in SharePoint Online

You can let your users create and administer their own SharePoint sites. As a SharePoint admin or Office 365 global admin, you can enable or disable site creation, determine what kind of site is created, and specify the location of the sites. By default, users are able to create team sites that include Office 365 groups.

Some functionality is introduced gradually to organizations that have opted in to the First Release program. This means that you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.

Disable or enable site creation

To enable or disable site creation, you can show or hide the Create site command on the SharePoint home page. To show or hide the Create site command, do this:

  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. Click settings.

  5. Under Site creation, select Hide the Create site command or Show the Create site command to users who have permission to create sites.

    If you selected Hide the Create site command the UI looks like the following:

    Hide the Create site command is selected

Specify the types of sites that can be created

If you selected Show the Create site command to users who have permission to create sites, you can further specify the type of site that users can create, such as a site with an Office 365 group, a classic site, or both.

Show the Create site command
  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. Click settings.

  5. Under Site creation, go to When users select the Create site command, create: and select the option you want.

    • A site with an Office 365 group or a classic site: Use this option to let users who don’t have permission to create a group still create classic sites. If you want to use a custom form, you can specify it by entering the URL for the custom form in the Use the form at this URL box. Users can then access the form when they click "See other options" in the site creation panel.

    • A site with an Office 365 group: Use this option to allow only users who have permission to create groups to create sites. If you want to use a custom form, you can specify it by entering the URL for the custom form in the Use the form at this URL box. Users can then access the form when they click "See other options" in the site creation panel.

    • A classic site: Use this option to allow users to create only default classic sites or sites from your custom form. You can specify a custom form to use by entering the URL for the custom form in the Use the form at this URL box.

      For classic sites, you can use the Site classification dropdown to set whether a site classification is required. See Specify a Site Classification below.

Note: If you want to display the Create site command to all users, you can still restrict group-connected site creation to a select set of users by setting the PowerShell GroupCreationAllowedGroupId property based on group ID. For more information about this cmdlet, see Azure Active Directory cmdlets for configuring group settings. Those users may still be permitted to create classic or custom sites.

Specify the group location for new sites

This option is available if you chose either A site with an Office 365 group or a classic site, or A site with an Office 365 group.

  1. Under Site creation, go to Create sites under: and select the location (/sites or /teams) from the dropdown.

    Note: The given /sites and /teams paths are the only two options available.

Specify a Site Classification

  1. To specify the site classification, you first have to create them.

    • If your users can create sites that include groups, see Create classifications for instructions.

    • If your users can create only classic sites, then the classification pertains to site life-cycle management. See this blog for instructions: Site Policy in SharePoint.

  2. After you have created classifications, go to Site Classification and choose a classification from the dropdown.

    Site classification dropdown

Specify whether a secondary owner is required

  1. Under Site creation, go to Create groups under: and in the Secondary contact: dropdown select Required or Not required. Or, for a classic site, you can find the Secondary contact: dropdown under Site classification (as shown above).

    Secondary owner dropdown

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