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Sites and Subsites

The CommonSpot Administrator module enables site designers or administrators to create and manage a site hierarchy to match organizational needs.  CommonSpot supports the creation of top-level sites and unlimited subsites.  Each site or subsite can be managed separately, have its own security settings, search collections, and templates.

It is important to consider whether to have multiple top-level sites or a single site with multiple subsites when creating your public Web site, intranet, or extranet: Think of top-level sites as root directories, while subsites are subdirectories under either the root directory or other subdirectories. 

Below is brief summary of site/subsite features.  See Creating, Managing, and Deleting Sites and Subsites for specifics on how to create and manage sites and subsites and a more thorough discussion of the comparative benefits of site/subsite design.



Top-level sites are separate entities and do not share resources (such as templates, images, etc.) with other top-level sites. 

Subsites share resources with other subsites.

You can specify the location of a top-level site’s Web document directory.

CommonSpot automatically creates the subsite directory under the parent directory.

CommonSpot manages content contained within each top-level site and its child subsites in a separate database.

Creating a new top-level site generates a new database to house content configured within the site and all of its subsites.

Subsites share database resources with the parent site.  New subsites inherit security settings from the parent by default.  However, because this default setting is modifiable at the subsite level, you cannot assume that changes to root or parent sites will automatically propagate to child subsites; you will need to manage site and content security permissions at each level.


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