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Create and configure communities in SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint 2013

Published: July 16, 2012

Summary: Learn how to create Community Sites and Community Portals in SharePoint Server 2013.

Applies to:  SharePoint Server 2013 

You can create Community Sites and Community Portals in SharePoint Server 2013. Community Sites provide a discussion forum experience in the SharePoint environment. The Community Portal provides a directory of Community Sites for users to browse and search for communities of interest. Before you create Community Sites and Community Portals, understand the concepts and planning process in Overview of communities in SharePoint Server 2013 and Plan for communities in SharePoint Server 2013.

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The steps in this article apply to SharePoint Server 2013.

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Before you begin

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Because SharePoint 2013 runs as websites in Internet Information Services (IIS), administrators and users depend on the accessibility features that browsers provide. SharePoint 2013 supports the accessibility features of supported browsers. For more information, see the following resources:

Before you begin this operation, review the following information about prerequisites:

Create a Community Site

Use the following procedure to create a Community Site at the site collection level in SharePoint Server 2013.

To create a Community Site

  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:

    • To create a site collection by using the Community Site template, you must be a member of the Farm Administrators group on the computer running the SharePoint Central Administration website or a service application administrator. If you are a service application administrator, you must also have permission to create site collections in the web application in which you create the Community Site.

  2. In Central Administration, click Application Management, and then click Create site collections.

  3. On the Create Site Collection page, in the Web Application section, ensure that the selected web application is the web application in which you want to create the Community Site. If it is not, expand the list, and then click Change Web Application. In the Select Web Application dialog box, select a different web application.

  4. In the Title and Description section, type a title and description for the site collection.

  5. In the Web Site Address section, select the URL where you want this site collection created.

  6. In the Template Selection section, in the Select experience version list, select 2013. Then, on the Collaboration tab, click Community Site.

  7. In the Primary Site Collection Administrator section, and optionally in the Secondary Site Collection Administrator section, type an account in the format domain\username to specify an administrator for the site collection.

  8. Optionally, in the Quota Template section, select a quota template.

  9. Click OK.

  10. Verification: After the site collection is created successfully, click the link to open the Community Site.

Create a Community Portal

Use the following procedure to create a Community Portal in SharePoint Server 2013. Community Portals can be created at only the site collection level.

To create a Community Portal

  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:

    • To create a site collection by using the Community Portal template, you must be a member of the Farm Administrators group on the computer running the SharePoint Central Administration website or a service application administrator. If you are a service application administrator, you must also have permission to create site collections in the web application in which you create the Community Portal.

  2. In Central Administration, click Application Management, and then click Create site collections.

  3. On the Create Site Collection page, in the Web Application section, ensure that the selected web application is the web application in which you want to create the Community Portal. If it is not, expand the list, and then click Change Web Application. In the Select Web Application dialog box, select a different web application.

  4. In the Title and Description section, type a title and description for the site collection.

  5. In the Web Site Address section, select the URL where you want this site collection created.

  6. In the Template Selection section, in the Select experience version list, select 2013. Then, on the Enterprise tab, click Community Portal.

  7. In the Primary Site Collection Administrator section, and optionally in the Secondary Site Collection Administrator section, type an account in the format domain\username to specify an administrator for the site collection.

  8. Optionally, in the Quota Template section, select a quota template.

  9. Click OK.

  10. Verification: After the site collection is created successfully, click the link to open the Community Portal.

Additional steps

After you have created a Community Site or a Community Portal, consider the following additional steps to complete the configuration:

  • Create additional Community Sites as needed. You might create them at the site collection level, as in this procedure, or create them at the site level depending on what you determined during the planning phase.

  • Configure permissions for your Community Sites to make them private, closed, or open. For more information, see Community types in Plan for communities in SharePoint Server 2013.

  • Customize the Community Site. In particular, update the icon, title, and description of the site so that the Community Portal displays distinct information for each Community Site.

  • Run a search crawl so that it indexes the new site or sites, and populates the Community Portal with Community Sites. No communities appear on the portal until you run a crawl. Configure the incremental crawl schedule so that the Community Portal continues to display any new Community Sites, and so that members can search within communities and the portal.

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