SharePoint 2013 Hosting :: How To Create Enterprise Search Center Site Collection in SharePoint 2013 Online

In this article I would like to share the procedure to create an Enterprise search center site collection in SharePoint 2013 online using an admin portal.

Enterprise Search Center

A Search Center is where users enter search queries and view the search results. In SharePoint Online, a Search Center site is automatically available at <host_name>/search/. You’ll have a default search home page and a default search results page. In addition, there are several pages known as search verticals. Search verticals are customized for searching specific content, such as People, Conversations, and Videos. Search verticals display search results filtered and formatted for a specific content type or class.

Use the following procedure to create an Enterprise Search Center site collection.

Step 1: Open the “Microsoft Online Portal” (Admin Center) in your browser.

Provide the username and password to login the portal, then you will be navigated to the online portal (Admin Center) as shown below.

Admin Tab

Step 2: Then click on the “Admin” DropDown on the portal. On the DropDown select the “SharePoint” as shown below.

Admin dropdown

Step 3: When you click on the SharePoint, you will be navigated to “SharePoint Admin center” as shown below.

SharePoint Admin center

Step 4: Click on the “New” from the ribbon bar as shown in the following, and then select the “private site collection”.

private site collection

Step 5: Then you will get the dialog box to create the site collection, when you select the private site collection as shown below.

site collection

Step 6: On the dialog box select the enterprise tab to create an enterprise search center, by default the team site collection will be selected in your dialog box.

enterprise search center

Step 7: Then select an Enterprise Search Center template on the dialog box as in the following:

Enterprise Search Center template

Step 8: Then provide the following details in the dialog box depending on your requirements:

  • Title
  • Web site address
  • SharePoint version
  • Language
  • Type of template
  • Time zone
  • Administrator of site collection
  • Storage Quota
  • Server Resource Quota

After providing all the preceding details, click “Ok” to create the site collection.


Finally a Community site collection will be created in SharePoint Online.

SharePoint Online


In this article we explored how to create an Enterprise Search Center site collection in SharePoint 2013 online.

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