Self - Service Site Collection Management In SharePoint 2013 Central Administration

This configuration will help the users to create new sites and site collections directly, using the namespace in all the configured site collections on Central Administration.

How to configure it?

Let’s open Central Admin of SharePoint on your machine. On your Windows desktop screen, click Start >> Administrative Tools >> SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

  • Run it as an administrator to have the elevated privileges.
  • You will see the screenshot given below.

  • Central Admin is configured under the categories given above.
  • Click Security.

  • Go to General Security.

  • Click Configure self-Service site creation“.
  • You will see the screen given below.


  • Web Application
    Select a Web Application, where you want to apply this setting.
  • Site Collections
    Using this option, you can allow or disallow the users to create site collection in defined URL namespace.
  • Start a site
    Similarly, you can use shortcut to create team sites under a defined location.

    You have an option for the start link to,
    1. Be hidden fromthe users or
    2. Prompt the users to create a team site under the following location or
    3. Prompt the users to create a site collection under any managed path or
    4. Display the custom form.
  • Site Classification Settings
    You can choose if you want the site classification setting to be hidden or optional or required.

  • Require secondary contact
    Here, you can choose to make the name of the second site collection admin, as required or optional.

Once you click OK, the configuration selected by you will be added by default in all the sites within the Web and all the users will be allowed or disallowed to create the sites, as per your configuration.

In this article, we saw how to perform self-service site collection management in SharePoint 2013 Central Administration. There are more articles to come on Central Administration. Until then, keep reading and keep learning.