When we create Site Collections in SharePoint web
applications, they are created with URL as
To have a specific URL other than /site we would have to
create a Managed Path.
When we create a Managed Path, we have two options: Explicit
So what is the difference? I am going to guide you on what
exactly is a managed path. Be with me.
1) Browse to Central Administration -> Applications
Management -> Manage Web Application
2) Choose the web application where you want to implement
3) I am adding two new
paths - hr (for type Explicit inclusion)
- admin (for type Wildcard inclusion)
4) Now browse back to Application
Management -> Create Site Collections.
5) You would see your
custom Managed paths there.
When we are not
planning to create further site collections under a specified managed path,
then we use this option. Explicit Inclusion Managed paths allows in creation of
only one site collection at the exact given URL.
In our case hr would be the only site collection that can be
created. SharePoint will allow creating only one site collection within this
When we want to create
more than one site collection under a specific managed path, we use this
option. Wildcard Inclusion Managed Paths allow unlimited site collection to be
created under a given URL.
In our case under admin, we can create
any number of site collections.