I am working within a Sharepoint site that has a bunch of sub-sites, and trying to create my own sub-site. The other sub-sites have some standard sub-navigations like "Announcements", "Calendar", "Documents", etc, and this icon:


When I created my own sub-site, there were none of the sub-navigations, and it was represented by this icon:


It seems like I'm doing something wrong. What do these two icons mean, or what is the difference?

  • Where are you viewing these icons (what page or in what context)? May 30, 2014 at 18:00
  • @JohnChapman this is in the tree view you see after clicking "Manage Content And Structure".
    – McGarnagle
    May 30, 2014 at 18:15

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The top one is a Site icon.

The bottom one is a SharePoint Site icon. It was a red-green-blue-yellow people in 2007.

  • I see ... the strange thing is that I managed to create a Sharepoint Site by clicking "New Site" next to the Site icon. Can you tell me roughly the difference between the two?
    – McGarnagle
    May 30, 2014 at 18:18
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    The top one is associated with Publishing Sites and People icon is assocaited with Collaborative sites (Workspace, team & Wiki). It will determine, Features turned on by-default, pressentation and layout of the site to name a few things. May 30, 2014 at 19:23

IIRC the first icon is from older versions of SharePoint and the second is the 2010 version of it.

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