Build a SharePoint Site

Programming, coding, geek-speak, jargon… that’s all it is.  I bet if I told you that you could build a website in five minutes you wouldn’t believe me.  From my perspective, as a member of an IT department, SharePoint is a godsend.  SharePoint let’s an employee do everything that a web developer could do in a fraction of the time.

You’re telling me I can write code?   What’s the catch?
The first thing I want to say is you must drop any preconceived ideas or notions you have about building a website, webpage, or related material.  You can and will build websites, libraries, workflows, and web-applications without any knowledge of programming language, coding, or really any IT experience.  I’ll tell you right now that anything I show you going forward in this lesson requires ZERO experience in anything except, maybe, a web-browser and a word processor. Seriously!


Let’s start with a simple task: Create a SharePoint site.
From the previous lesson, we’ve learned that a site is a collection of pages, site templates, lists, and libraries configured for the purpose of achieving an express goal.  So let’s set that goal right now.  We are now working for Biff’s Consulting Company in the accounting department, and we need a subsite for accounting. Let’s assume we already have a top-level site created.

So how do we make the subsite? 

  • Browse to the top-level site
  • Click on the GEAR symbol.  You’ll see a menu come down, and you’ll want to click the option for “Site Contents.”
  • Once we click that, we’ll want to scroll down and under the Subsites section we’ll find the link that says “New Subsite” and click it.
    • Title & Description
      You’ll be prompted for a title and description.  We’ll put in “Accounting” for the title (description is optional, and not extremely important)
    • Web Site Address
      Take note of the URL name for a moment.  You’ll see your top-level site address with a blank text box after it, that’s what the site will be listed under.  Put “Accounting” in the box.
    • Language & Template
      We’ll be using English and “Team Site” for our language and template.
    • Permissions
      You can inherit permissions, or set specific permissions.  You may want to talk to your IT Department about how this should be setup, because there are a lot of ways to do this.  For now, let’s choose “Use the same permissions as parent site”
    • Navigation
      If you want your site to be listed on the quick launch (The menu on the right side of the screen) select “Yes” here.  For a department subsite, you’ll probably want to choose yes.
      Likewise, you’ll most-likely want to “Display on the top link bar of the parent site” so set that to Yes as well.
    • Navigation Inheritance
      Selecting “Yes” here will put use the same top-link bar menu as the parent site.  I will almost always use this.
    • Click “Create”
      You’ll be taken to your new site!

So that’s the way you do it– with no coding required.  Dare I say, it’s “EASY!”

Check out the video for a walkthrough of what we just did.

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