SharePoint 2010 - Creating Web Application

How to create a web application in a SharePoint instance that can be used to support a new set of users.

In the previous article we saw how to view the existing web applications using Central Administration.

IIS Manager

Each web application in SharePoint is configured along with IIS (Internet Information Services). Use the inetmgr command to view the IIS Manager as shown below:


The above highlighted applications represent the SharePoint port 80 web application and Central Application web application.

Steps in creating Web Application

Now we can create a web application in a SharePoint instance. The new web application can be used to support a new set of users. For creating it please use the following steps.

Open the Central Administration from the Start Menu and click on the Manage Web Applications item.


In the window shown you will see 2 items; the default web site and the Central Administration site. The default web site is created during SharePoint installation. The Central Administration is the website which is used by Administrators - it contains items to manage existing web sites, create new websites and other tasks. Click on the New button from the Ribbon UI.



Here you can set the following options:

  • IIS Web site
  • Application Pool
  • Security
  • Database Name

Leave the default values except in the Security Account in Application Pool.


Press the Ok button and you will see the following busy screen. Web Application creation is a time consuming process and may take several minutes.


Waiting for a while you can see that the new web application is created.


Please note the port number of our new web application.


In this article we have seen how to create a new web application using Central Administration. Please note that each web application is created in the IIS for the machine.