I am a fairly 'green' SharePoint collection admin. I was going through and removing old/unused subsites within my collection. When I navigated to my parent 'site contents' and removed a few subsites that appeared to be unused, my entire SiteCollection was removed...and now I get a "webpage cannot be found" error.

I contacted my server FARM, I know they are able to restore my site collection, but i just want to know what i did wrong!

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If you delete the top site in a Site Collection, the Site Collection will also be deleted. The message a just a little different, so this is easy to do.

Delete a subsite:

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Delete the top level site: (note the extra warning text)

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Your farm admins can recover the top level site. Additional subsites can be recovered from the Recycle Bin of the recovered Site Collection.

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