How to Create a Subsite in SharePoint Online?

Subsites in SharePoint Online are made for various purposes, depending upon an enterprise’s particular requirements and organizational structure. Within a SharePoint site, we can create a subsite.

I will show you how to create a subsite in SharePoint Online using different approaches in this article:

  • Create a SharePoint Subsite from the Site contents
  • Create a SharePoint Subsite from the Site settings

What is a Subsite in SharePoint Online?

A primary SharePoint site [Parent site] contains the subsite [Child site]. It enables more systematic information management and organization for users.

Subsites may have different navigation, settings, and permissions. Also, it is constantly linked to the primary website.

Subsites can be created by members with edit permissions and SharePoint site administrators. We can make 2000 subsites inside a main SharePoint site.

Example:

  • Assume that the primary SharePoint site is one simple IT company. The corporation is divided into divisions for marketing, finance, human resources, etc. It is possible to maintain these departments as subsites inside the main site.
  • While part of the main business site, each department’s subsite can have its own document libraries, lists, calendars, and other features according to their needs.

How to Create a Subsite in SharePoint Online

As I told above, we can create a SharePoint subsite in two different ways, such as:

  1. From SharePoint site contents
  2. From SharePoint site settings

    Let’s discuss one by one.

    Create a SharePoint Subsite from the Site Contents

    Follow these steps to create a subsite in SharePoint online from site contents:

    • Open the SharePoint site. For example, I have a team site called “IT Software Solutions.”
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    • Go to Settings -> Click on the Site contents.
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    • Click the + New -> Subsite option on the Site contents page to create a SharePoint subsite.
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    • Here, provide the required information:
      • Title and Description: Provide the subsite name and description. The description is optional.
      • Web Site Address: Provide the subsite name to the URL by following the naming convention.
      • Template Selection: Select the preferred language and template you want to apply on your SharePoint subsite.
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    • Permissions: Select user permissions
      • Selecting the “Use same permissions as the parent site” option will have all the parent site permissions.
      • If you choose the “Use unique permissions” option, you can customize users’ permissions like visitors, admins, and members.
    • Navigation: In this, we have two options:
      • Choose the Yes option if you want to display this site on the navigation of the parent site.
      • Choose the Yes option if you want to display this site on the top link bar of the parent site.
    • Navigation Inheritance: Choose the Yes option to use the top link bar from the parent site.
    • Once you have entered all the details, click the “Create” button.
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    • You can notice that the subsite [Human Resource] will be created on the SharePoint site, as shown in the below screenshot.
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    • To view all the created SharePoint subsites, open SharePoint main site -> Go to Site contents -> Subsites as shown below.
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    This is the simple way to create a SharePoint subsite from the site content page.

    Create a SharePoint Subsite from the Site settings

    Follow these steps to create a SharePoint subsite from the site settings.

    • Click the Setting icon on the SharePoint site -> Site information -> View all Site settings option.
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    • Under Site Administration, Click on the Sites and Workspaces option.
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    • On this page, you can notice all the existing subsites on the parent site.
    • Click on the Create option to create a new SharePoint subsite.
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    • The New SharePoint Site page will be opened. Include the title and web address, and select templates, language, user permissions, and navigation settings, as mentioned in the above section.
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    • Click on the Create button.
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    • Selecting user permissions as Use unique permissions will redirect you to the Set Up Groups for this site page. You can add visitors, members, and owners by providing their user names here.
    • Then click on the OK button.
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    • You may observe that the subsite will be created within the SharePoint site, as shown in the screenshot below.
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    • Open the SharePoint parent site and click on Site contents -> Subsite. Here, you can notice all the existing SharePoint subsites.
    • You can access the SharePoint subsites by clicking it.
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    These are the two different ways to create a subsite in SharePoint Online.

    This article explained the SharePoint subsite and showed how to create a SharePoint subsite in two different ways with examples.

    I hope you will find this article helpful.

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