Like many SharePoint consultant types, I’ve been exposed to a lot of SharePoint functionality. Some times, I dive pretty deep. Other times I just notice it as I’m flying by to another set of menu options. One of those is "self-service site creation." I haven’t had a need for it until this week.
This week, I need to solve a business problem which I think is going to become more common as companies loosen up and embrace more direct end user control over SharePoint. In this case, I’ve designed a site template to support a specific end user community. Folks in this community should be able to create their own sites at will using this template whenever the urge strikes them.
I recalled seeing "self-service site creation" before and I’ve always tucked that away in the back of my head thinking that "self service site creation" is SharePoint lingo meaning, obviously enough, something like "turn me on if you want end users to be able to create sites when they want to."
So, I turn it on, try it out and for me, it’s not creating sites. It’s creating site collections. Pretty big difference. That’s not what I want, not at all.
It is possible to let end users create new sub sites via a custom permission level. This is exactly where I would have gone in the first place except that the label "self-service site creation" label deceived me. Via twitter, I learn that it’s deceived others as well 🙂
I’m still working out how to provide a little bit of a more streamlined process while staying purely out of the box, but there’s a definite path to follow. Just don’t get distracted by that label.
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