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when I created a Sharepoint site collection on the root. it comes out as

https://mydomain.sharepoint.com/**sites**  
  • What are this Sites means?

  • Is it possible to create a site's collection without having Sites in the URL?

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Sites/ is a Wildcard Managed Paths which specify that one or more site collections exist at a specified path!

There are two types of managed paths that you can create:

  • A wildcard inclusion allows you to append multiple site collections to the path that you specify.

For example, if you add /engineering as a wildcard inclusion off of your root site of http://contoso, then you'll be able to create multiple site collections off of http://contoso/engineering.

  • An explicit inclusion allows you to create a single site collection with the specified address.

For example, if you add /finance as an explicit inclusion off of your root site of http://contoso, then you'll be able to create a single site collection with the address http://contoso/finance.

For more details check Managed Paths in SharePoint


Is it possible to create a site's collection without having Sites in the URL ?

Unfortunately, you can't create/control Managed Paths in SharePoint Online. but you can only manage it in SharePoint On-Premises

  • i created a team site and a cummnunication site bouth shows under this "Sites" i couldnt delete the above sites when i tried to go to mydomain.sharepoint.com/sites . how do i remove it ? – Rinu Oct 15 '17 at 12:23
  • @Rinu As I mentioned above, you can't control (remove .create) managed path in SharePoint online! – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Oct 15 '17 at 12:30
  • this is kind of confusing for me may be i am not so knowledgeable on the subject. why does wild card has to be there ? why cant we create as much sites collection in the root as we like ? – Rinu Oct 15 '17 at 12:32
  • @Rinu As you know, the Sharepoint Online is limited feature compared to SharePoint On-prem, one of these limited features is Managed Path that unfortunately, you can't manage it in SharePoint Online yet! also, you can check this discussion at Microsoft Community that discuss the same topic and wondering like you :) techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/SharePoint/… – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Oct 15 '17 at 12:39
  • @Rinu Sure. - the benefit of wildcards is allowing you to append multiple site collections to the path that you specify like sites/ and team/! Actually, the benefit of anything depends on your need, now you need to remove it so you feel there is no benefit from it :) but if you would like to create multiple site collections for a specific path , so in this case, you will feel it's useful :) - Please don't hesitate to ask if you need further clarification! – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Oct 15 '17 at 12:56

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