SharePoint : Site Collection

A site collection is a group of sites that are related. These sites have the same owner and administration settings. Site collections have a hierarchy; there's always at least one top-level site in a site collection, with sub-sites underneath.

Characteristics of a site collection:

  • Every Web application contains at least one site collection (but can have many).
  • Each Site collection has exactly 1 ‘Top Level Site’.
  • The Site Collection doesn’t actually contain anything itself - that is down to the Top Level Site.
  • This is the level that things like the Recycle bin and Quotas are organised at.
  • Each site collection can only use a single content database (though multiple site collections can us the same content database) – this has major design implications as there are maximum recommended sizes for a content database.


SharePoint site collection

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