How To Create A Classic Site In SharePoint Online

This article explains how to create a SharePoint site with classic experience in Microsoft 365 tenant – by out of the box means and also via PowerShell.


While modern SharePoint sites are the rage of the moment and there seems to be no looking back, there might still be scenarios where you need your SharePoint classic online sites. In this article, we will see how to create this to. Also, classic sites are not going anywhere right now. As per Microsoft’s official statement, classic sites and modern sites are going to co-exist with each other for the foreseeable future (refer this article for more details)
While creating modern sites are very straight forward in SharePoint Online, creating classic sites are a bit sneaky. Follow along with the steps mentioned below to create the classic site.

Steps using the out of the box method

Please follow along with the instructions in sequence to create the classic site in SharePoint online
Step 1
Open SharePoint Admin Center by logging into this location.
Step 2
Click on Active sites under the category Sites, and then click on Create.
Step 3
In the following pop up that opens, click on Other Options
Step 4
From the following screen choose a template section, select More templates.
Step 5
The previous step will take you to the classic site creation screen. Enter the site name and other relevant details and click on Ok.
This concludes the steps for classic site creation by out of the box means.

Steps using PowerShell Online

Classic site in SharePoint online can also be achieved using PowerShell Online cmdlets. Below are the steps to achieve this,
Step 1
Open PowerShell ISE
Step 2
Run the command Connect-SPOService.
Step 3
The previous command will prompt for the SharePoint online tenant URL. Make sure that you enter the tenant administration site. After the admin tenant is entered, the user will be prompted for username and password. Once authenticated, we will proceed to the next step.
Step 4
In this step, we will create the classic site. Enter the command for site creation
  1. New-SPOSite-Url -Title"My Classic Site" -StorageQuota1000 -TemplateSTS#0  
The above step will create the classic site in SharePoint Online. It can be verified by running the command Get-SPOSite.


This concludes the article for creating Classic Sites in Modern SharePoint, by out of the box means as well as PowerShell Online.