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3. For Web Site Address, you can set the URL for the site. SharePoint has a limit of 260
characters in a single URL, so keep this short—you could end up placing more sites, libraries,
and workspaces below the new site. It’s a good idea to use one word without spaces. Enter
an appropriate web page name; my example uses HRteam .
Microsoft’s documentation says that SharePoint has a limit of 260 characters in URL paths, which
includes the protocol, server name, and file path, ending with the filename and extension (such as
However, SharePoint has a maximum character limit of 255 characters for a single line of text field,
so you might want to consider that your URL limit instead. It might not seem to have much to do
with the URL in the address bar, but if you are going to use the Send To capability of libraries or use
links to access SharePoint resources (such as adding links to the Quick Launch bar, top link bar, or
Links list), then you can’t enter URLs longer than 255 characters into their fields.
This is why many people will say that SharePoint doesn’t support more than 255 characters in a
URL. It’s not technically accurate, but it could be considered practically so.
Something you might have noticed is that SharePoint adds extra parameters to URLs, appending
things such as view names to the path (the parameter usually starts with a question mark at the end
of a URL path). The URL path character limit affects the URL path only; parameters have no impact
on the limit. With added parameters, the URL can easily exceed 260 characters. You may have seen
this and wondered why the page still opens. Now you know why.
4. Under Template Selection, there are a number of templates you can use to speed up the
design and layout of your new site. Each template pulls data from a site definition. Under
Collaboration, you’ll see the Team Site, Blank Site, Document Workspace, Blog, and Group
Work Site templates. The Blank Site option creates a completely blank site so that you can
customize it using SharePoint Designer or Visual Studio. Under Meetings are the choices
for each Meeting Workspace definition. For this example, choose Team Site to create a
main site for the HR team. This template has, as you know, a lot of useful lists and web
parts already premade and is perfect for HR’s uses.
5. For Permissions, you have two basic choices: Inherit or Custom. You can choose Inherit
to have this site use permissions from the parent site. Choosing Custom will force you
to create the permissions manually. If you choose to inherit permissions, you can later
edit the site, break inheritance, and move to a custom permission set if you need. For
more details on permissions, see Chapter 12, “Users and Permissions.” For now, leave the
default in place, and use the same permissions as the parent.
Don’t worry. All of these settings, even the site name and URL, can be changed after the new site
is created.
The only option you can’t change is the template used. After a site is created, you can’t apply a
different template. That being said, anything on the Create page is available anywhere in the site
collection. This means that if you want a list for your subsite, but it doesn’t seem to be available by
default, you can easily create it from resources available for all sites in the collection.
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