Delete a Site Collection in SharePoint

In this article, I would like to share the procedure to delete a site collection using Central Administration in a SharePoint 2013 web application.

Procedure to delete a site collection

Use the following procedure to delete a site collection.

Step 1. Go to Central Administration using a Farm Administrator account as shown below.

Central Administration

Step 2. In Central Administration, click "System Settings" from the left navigation. Then you will be navigated to the system settings page.

System settings

Step 3. On the system settings page, in the “Site Collection” section select the “Delete a site collection” option as shown below

Site collection

Step 4. Then select the “change site collection” option from the delete site collection page.

Change site collection

Step 5. Then you will get a dialog box to change the web application as shown below.

Dialog box

Step 6. On the dialog box select “change web application” from the drop-down to change the different web application as you want.

Change web application

Step 7. Then the Select Web Application dialog box is shown below.

Web application from dialog box

Step 8. In the web application dialog box, you can choose the site collection you want.

Web application

Step 9. Select a site collection from the web application dialog box and then give “OK”


Step 10. After clicking “OK” you will get the selected site collection on the Delete Site Collection page as shown below. Then click on the delete button to delete a site collection.

Delete site collection

Step 11. Then you will get the confirmation message as shown below and click “OK” to delete a site collection.

Confirmation message

Finally, the selected site collection will be deleted from your web application.


In this article, we have explored how to delete a site collection using Central Administration in SharePoint 2013.