Host-named Site Collections

You must use #Windows #PowerShell to create a host-named site collection. You cannot use the #SharePoint 2013 Central Administration web application to create a host-named site collection, but you can use Central Administration to manage the site collection after you have created it.

You can create a host-named site collection by using the Windows PowerShell New-SPSite cmdlet with the -HostHeaderWebApplication parameter, as shown in the following example:

To create host-named site collections
  1. Verify that you have the following memberships:
  • The securityadmin fixed server role on the SQL Server instance.
  • The db_owner fixed database role on all databases that are to be updated.
  • The Administrators group on the server on which you are running the Windows PowerShell cmdlet.

An administrator can use the Add-SPShellAdmin cmdlet to grant permissions to use SharePoint 2013 cmdlets.

  1. On the Start menu, click All Programs.
  1. On the Start menu, click All Programs.
  2. Click Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products.
  3. Click SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.
  4. At the Windows PowerShell command prompt (that is, PS C:\>), type the following syntax:
New-SPSite '' -HostHeaderWebApplication 'http://<servername>' -Name 'Portal' -Description 'Customer root' -OwnerAlias 'contoso\administrator' -language 1033 -Template 'STS#0'

This creates a host-named site collection that has the URL,, in the SharePoint 2013 web application that has the URL ,

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