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Which is better Site Collections or Subsites?

I proposed to structure: - all teams under the /teams site collection managed path, so 1 site collection per team - all project/collaboration sites under the /sites managed path, so 1 site collection per project site

I've been overruled by my team who want just two site collections and subsites to hold all the team sites and site collections.

My main reason is keeping the security groups clean and not cluttered. Also keeps things nice and simple.

Downside I can see is branding changes will be difficult across many site collections but I'm sure there's a powershell script which can do this sort of stuff.

Remember: This is SharePoint Online not on premise.

  • Please help me understand something, why are you using site collections for every team ? What's the purpose ? – KhalilG Mar 11 '15 at 10:46
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    my thinking is that the security will be easier to manage and keeps things very tidy. Simpler groups makes things less likely to go wrong.if you go subsite route, you'll end up with a very long list of groups. The URL is shorter too. so say we have multiple teams like team1, team2, team3 xyx.sharepoint.com/teams/team1 xyx.sharepoint.com/teams/team3 xyx.sharepoint.com/teams/team3 whereas the team members propose xyx.sharepoint.com/sites/teams/team1 xyx.sharepoint.com/sites/teams/team2 xyx.sharepoint.com/sites/teams/team3 – Johnny5a Mar 11 '15 at 11:17
  • I can see no reason for not doing it the way you suggest especially if security is a concern. There are downsides but as you say you can overcome most of these with Powerhell. It sounds like you are convinced :) I think you need to convince your colleagues. You need to make you arguments clearer but they are sound. – Bunzab Mar 11 '15 at 11:23
  • From a pure security perspective, create a site collection for each team, so each team can manage their own permissions without having permission inheritance headaches in SharePoint between them. – KhalilG Mar 11 '15 at 11:26
  • thanks all, i was outvoted by the rest of the team - someone said you can overcome inheritance issues by not giving the user access to manage permissions but manage groups but then we'll have create groups for the users if they need more. – Johnny5a Mar 11 '15 at 13:50

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