Managed path in sharepoint web application

Managed path in sharepoint web application used to define or manage path of web application, so as to create sites collection categorically. There are 2 types of managed path “Wildcard Inclusion”,”Explicit Inclusion”. We will discuss once create managed path and site collection. You can understand better once discussed with example.

Explicit Inclusion managed path

Let’s follow the step by step procedure to create explicit Inclusion managed path in sharepoint.

  • Navigate to SharePoint Central Administration. Click on Application management and select Manage Web Applications.
  • Select the web application and click on “Managed Path” from ribbon under Manage Option.
  • Enter Name in place of “Add a New Path” as “IT” and managed path type as “Explicit Inclusion”.
  • Click “Add Path” and click “OK”.
Explicit inclusion managed path
  • Navigate to SharePoint Central Administration. Clcik on Application management and click Create Site Collection.
  • Select the Web Application “http://win-q2repghf9du:27315/“, Enter “Title” of the Site Collection.
  • Under “Web Site Address” you will get drop down option as “IT”, Select that option.
  • Select template as “Team Site”, enter user id in place of “Primary Site Collection Administrator”,”Secondary Site Collection Administrator”, click “OK”.
  • The URL of site collection created will be “http://win-q2repghf9du:27315/IT“.
  • Similarly if you create another Explicit Inclusion managed path as “Finance” then the site collection URL will be “http://win-q2repghf9du:27315/Finance“. So only one site collection can be created under Explicit Inclusion managed path created.
Managed path site collection

Wildcard Inclusion managed path

Now lets discuss step by step procedure to create wildcard Inclusion managed path in sharepoint and create site collection using this path, same way we did before.

  • Select the web application and click on “Managed Path” from ribbon under Manage Option.
  • Enter Name in place of “Add a New Path” as “Engineering” and managed path type as “Wildcard Inclusion”.
  • Click “Add Path” and click “OK”.
Wildcard inclusion managed path
  • Navigate to SharePoint Central Administration. Clcik on Application management and click Create Site Collection.
  • Select the Web Application “http://win-q2repghf9du:27315/“, Enter “Title” of the Site Collection.
  • Under “Web Site Address” you will get drop down option to choose wildcard inclusion path “Engineering”.
  • You will get another option to enter site collection name let’s say “Powerplant”.
  • Select template as “Team Site”, enter user id in place of “Primary Site Collection Administrator”,”Secondary Site Collection Administrator”, click “OK”.The URL of site collection created will be “http://win-q2repghf9du:27315/engineering/Powerplant“.
  • Similarly if you create site collection with this wildcard inclusion managed path with name as “Semiconductor” then the URL of that site collection would be “http://win-q2repghf9du:27315/engineering/Semiconductor“.
Wildcard inclusion site collection

you will notice more then one site collections can be created under the wildcard inclusion managed path “Engineering”. This the difference between wildcard Inclusion and explicit Inclusion managed path.

sharepoint managed paths best practice

sharepoint managed paths best practice is to keep number of managed path less. Higher the number of manged path mean more checking on each http request which will cause performance issue.

sharepoint managed paths limit

sharepoint managed paths limit for path-based site collections set as 20 per web application and for host-named site collections, its 20 per farm.



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