Create a subsite in SharePoint 2013/2016

One of the basic tasks a Power User can perform is creating a subsite.

Creating a subsite will give you data isolation, where you can also break the permissions inheritance for security reasons if required (i.e: Human Resources subsite).
The following applies to SP2013 & SP2016 (at the time of writing: Dec. 2017), but if you use SharePoint Online with modern UI, then it will be a little bit different.

Assuming you have the correct permissions to create a subsite, let’s get started!


Create a Subsite

  • Navigate to the Home page of your Site Collection (root)
  • On the top left corner, click on the gear icon >> Site Contents (or from the Quick Launch >> Site Contents)


  • At the bottom of the page, click on New Subsite


  • Give a name to your subsite (i.e.: Sales)
  • Give a description (optional)
  • Choose the (end) of the URL for your subsite
  • Select a template (i.e.: Team Site)


Then we reach the permissions section… You can choose to use the same permissions as the parent site (if a user has access to the parent site, he/she will have access to the new subsite).
Or you can choose to break the permissions inheritance now, and you will be redirected to another page to configure group names and permissions.

But for now, we will keep the inheritance, and select “Use same permissions as parent site“.
To finish, choose if you wish the subsite to appear on the Quick Launch (when you’re on the parent site) and/or Top Link Bar.


Then click “Create“.


The subsite is now created!




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