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  • Question

  • I recently installed SharePoint for the first time.  Within this installation, I've created a number of different sites.  To this point, I've just been directing the users of each site to the specific URL for that site (http://sharepoint.domain.com/sites/sitename/).  However, since some users have access to multiple sites, I'd rather send them to a landing page that lists all of the sites available to that user.  That seems like the sort of thing that should appear at http://sharepoint.domain.com/ out of the box, but that URL just gives a response of HTTP 200 OK.  Is my installation of SharePoint or IIS improperly configured?  Does such a landing page exist within SharePoint?

    Friday, September 27, 2013 3:11 PM

Answers

  • No there is not a central landing page out of the box.  But there should be a site collection located in the root managed path of the web app.  Not having one is an unsupported design and can cause some issues with things like Search Crawl.  

    You can create a site collection in that root managed path and then add either a Content Search Web Part or just a link list to the home page of that Site with links to the home pages of all the other site collections.  By default site collections are the level at which SharePoint delegates security and control so they are viewed as independent environments.  But it is common to want to find a way to tie them together.  There just isn't anything automatic to do that.


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    • Marked as answer by mercurialism Friday, September 27, 2013 3:44 PM
    Friday, September 27, 2013 3:34 PM

All replies

  • No there is not a central landing page out of the box.  But there should be a site collection located in the root managed path of the web app.  Not having one is an unsupported design and can cause some issues with things like Search Crawl.  

    You can create a site collection in that root managed path and then add either a Content Search Web Part or just a link list to the home page of that Site with links to the home pages of all the other site collections.  By default site collections are the level at which SharePoint delegates security and control so they are viewed as independent environments.  But it is common to want to find a way to tie them together.  There just isn't anything automatic to do that.


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    • Marked as answer by mercurialism Friday, September 27, 2013 3:44 PM
    Friday, September 27, 2013 3:34 PM
  • Thank you.  I'll give it a shot.
    Friday, September 27, 2013 3:44 PM