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When/why to allow self-service site collection creation?

  Asked By: Tapasvi    Date: Feb 12    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 13176

In training, we went over setting up self-service site collection
creation. I'm not sure I understand the variables involved to decide
whether or not to do this on a given portal/existing site collection.

Can anyone provide some examples as to why one would want to turn this
feature on? The only scenario that seems to make sense to me is if you
have a rather large organization that's going to have many
portal/top-sitecollections and you want to make an 'site collection
administrator' for each one giving them the ability to create site
collections underneath their own portal.



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Caleb Gordon     Answered On: Feb 12

Making someone a site  Collection administrator does not allow them to create
Site Collections under that site collections. Site collections can only be
created on managed paths in the Web Application. This is normally done in
Central Admin. Turning on Self-service site creation  allows users with the
right security the right to create  Site collections without giving  them
access to Central Admin. Once a Site collection  is created the security
settings of that site collection dictate who can create Web Sites within the
site collection. The question is do you want to allow non-administrative
users to create Site collections or do you want an administrator to create
the site collection and make the non-admin user the owner of the Site
Collection with full rights to manage security with the site collection and
create child sites.

Answer #2    Answered By: Judy Pittman     Answered On: Feb 12

One of the hallmarks of a highly collaborative system is that the
collaboration spaces are self-organizing with a low transaction cost.
New collaboration spaces grow organically as new collaboration paths
emerge between people inside and outside your organization. I'm a
strong advocate for giving  your users a "playground" in which to create
new site  collections when needed, but don't open it up everywhere in
every site collection.

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