SharePoint: Creating a Team Site


You can create a SharePoint Online team site to provide a location where you and your team can work on projects and share information from anywhere on any device. A team site includes a group of related web pages, a default document library for files, lists for data management, and web parts that you can customize to meet your needs.


Should I create a team site or a communication site?

Please refer to the USNH Knowledge Base article on Types of SharePoint Online Sites .

Steps to create a team site

  1. Make sure you plan your team site before creating it, please reference the SharePoint @ USNH Planning Guides

  2. Sign in to Office 365

  3. In the top left corner of the page, select the app launcher icon (grid menu) and then select the SharePoint tile. If you don't see the SharePoint tile, click the Sites tile or All if SharePoint is not visible.

  4. At the top of the SharePoint home page, click + Create site and choose the Team site option.

  5. Give your new team site a name. An Office 365 Group e-mail will be automatically generated with the same name as your team site.

    Setting up a Team Site

    • Site name should be clear and define what you’re the project is you are working on. Can include department abbreviation and project name.

      • Good site name: UNHHumanResources

      • Bad site name: HR

  6. In the Site description box, add some text that lets people know the purpose of your site.

  7. In the Privacy settings section, choose either

    • Public - anyone in the organization can access this site

    • Private - only members can access this site - MAKE SURE THIS IS SET TO DEFAULT. Do not make your site public until you are ready to publish it to the University System which includes Students as well as Faculty and Staff.

    • Note: It is recommended to make Team Sites for smaller groups of users.

  8. Click Next.

  9. Add the names or email addresses of anyone else you want to manage the site in the Add additional owners box.
    Note: The site creator is automatically a member of the site owners group.

  10. In the Add members box, add the name or email address for everyone you want to be a member of your site and then click Finish. Members added to the Office 365 group associated with the site are automatically added to the site members group.

  11. Click Finish. Your site will be created and will appear among the sites you're following . Your site will not inherit the permission settings or navigation of other sites. To share your team site with others, see Share a site

Now that you have a Communication Site it's time to set it up. Visit the knowledge base article on using web parts.
See the Manage site permissions section in Microsoft - Manage a team sites in SharePoint Online

More information about planning a site is available at SharePoint @ USNH Planning Guides

If you require a SharePoint/Teams to contain  PII, FERPA, and HIPAA data please fill out a request Service - SharePoint (

Use of SharePoint Online and other Office 365 services provided by UNH is governed by the same policies as other university resources: 

Need Additional Help?

More information available at Microsoft - Create a team sites in SharePoint Online .

Please fill out the Microsoft 365 Support webform with as much detail as possible, or contact the ET&S Help Desk team on your local campus.


Article ID: 1720
Fri 7/19/19 6:18 PM
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