SharePoint Sites

A SharePoint site is a website Collection of Pages, Site Templates, Lists, & Libraries configured for the purpose of achieving an express goal.  That may be a little vague, but there’s not much else to them.  SharePoint follows a hierarchy of sorts that flows from the top-down.  Sites usually have sub sites as well which are made for more specific reasons. Here are a couple of examples of sites in an easily-understandable manner.

Note: Sites are Different than Site Collections.  See the breakdown of differences in this Article.

Probably the best way to explain sites is to use Google.  The top-level site is  The specific purpose of it is to help users find information on the internet.  There are sub-sites of, like google image search, google maps, google plus, and google shopping.

There is one more key point to remember.  Because sites are created for a specific purpose, all of the sub sites below will relate to it parent site above it in some way, shape, or form.

Here’s another example.  If you’re on Sharepoint online, you should SERIOUSLY consider using site collections instead of Sub-Sites.

Biff’s Consulting Firm has a top-level Site with some announcements, four department sites, and a search center.  All sites in this SharePoint Deployment are related to Biff’s Consulting Firm.  Each Department has sub sites, which are related to that department, but are for a specific task or to achieve a specific goal.


NOTE: Since this video was published about 4 years ago, I’ve updated the outlining below to show how this should be done.  Subsites should be TEAMS sites or site collections.  It really depends on how you’re setting things up, as well as how large your organization is.  There’s no wrong way to do this, but it’s harder to back up and change how things are laid out once they’ve been put into motion. 

  • Biff’s Consulting Firm
    • Marketing Department Site (collection)
      • Print Campaign (teams) site
      • Online Campaign (teams) site
      • Radio Campaign (teams) site
    • IT Department Site (collection)
      • Support (teams) Site
      • Asset Tracking (teams) Site
      • IT Project (teams) Site
    • Accounting Department Site (collection)
      • Accounts Payable (teams) Site
      • Accounts Receivable (teams) Site
      • Budget Committee (teams) Site
    • HR Department Site (collection)
      • Records (teams) Site
      • PR (teams) Site
    • Search Center (Site Collection)

So, you can see how sites fit into the grand scheme of things.  We’ll use Biff’s Consulting Firm as our course-centric example through the rest of the lessons.  I’ll elaborate a little further on SharePoint sites in the video.

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