SharePoint 2019 Self-Service Site Creation

In this article, we will understand the concept of self-service site creation and new feature offerings from SharePoint 2019 for self-service site creation experience.

Overview

 
Self-service site creation allows users with certain rights to create site collections under a defined path. Like the prior versions, SharePoint 2019 supports self-service site creation. However, SharePoint 2019 has gone beyond the normal self-service site creation and offers new features.
 
In this article, we will understand the concept of self-service site creation and new feature offerings from SharePoint 2019 for self-service site creation experience.
 

Self-Service Site Creation

 
In a web application, there are two ways to create site collections.
  1. Farm Administrators
    Farm administrators can create a site collection using SharePoint Central Administration site or from SharePoint Management Shell (PowerShell). In this case, there is a dependency on farm administrators to create site collections. However, on the other hand, they can own the entire governance.

  2. Self-Service Site Creation
    Users with necessary permissions can create site collections under the defined path (e.g. /sites) within a particular web application. This option works well when we want a specific group of people to create site collections without waiting for the process.

What’s New in SharePoint 2019?

 
SharePoint 2019 has the below offerings for self-service site creation
  • Self-service site creation in SharePoint 2019 allows creating sites under different web applications. The web application can be from the same farm or on a remote farm.
  • By default, it uses modern site templates for site creation. However classic site templates experience can be provided from /_layouts/15/scsignup.aspx page.
  • A farm administrator can control the “Create Site” link on the SharePoint home page.

Configure Self Service Site Creation

 
Follow the below steps to configure self-service site creation.
  • Open SharePoint 2019 Central Administration.
  • Under Application Management, click Manage web applications.
  • Select the web application. Click “Self-Service Site Creation” from the ribbon.
  • The Self-Service creation dialog will open. 
 
In the dialog box observe below options,
  • Turn on the Site collections options to allow users to create site collections in defined namespaces.
  • Under Site Creation, the farm administrator can decide to show or hide site command to users who have permission to create sites.
  • Decide the current or different web application and managed path for site creation.
  • Modern or classic site creation option can be selected from here.

Create a site in Remote Farm

 
SharePoint 2019 supports self-service site creation in remote SharePoint farm. Follow the below steps to configure site creation in a remote farm.
  • In the local farm, specify the URL of the web application to create a site at Map to External Resource control in Alternate Access Mappings (AAM).
  • In the local farm, on the Self-service Site Collection Management page for the web application, select “The following web application” option, and then select the remote web application from the drop-down field.
  • In the remote farm, use Map to External Resource control in Alternate Access Mappings (AAM) to specify the URL of the web application that hosts the SharePoint home page.
  • In the remote farm, enable self-service site creation for the web application on the Self-service Site Collection Management page.

Summary

 
Self-service site creation is a good option when we want a specific group of people to create site collections without waiting for the process. SharePoint 2019 allows creating sites under different web applications. The web application can be from the same farm or on a remote farm.