Today I tried to create a new site. That’s easy! No blog needed for that.

New team site
New team site

When I clicked on Ok I got:

Sorry, something went wrong
“teams” cannot be used as a site name. Site names cannot contain certain reserved words and cannot begin with an underscore. Please enter a different name.

Aaahhh, Can I really not create a sub site with the name teams?

I tried this using PowerShell as well and the same message appear:

New-SPOWeb : “teams” cannot be used as a site name. Site names cannot contain certain reserved words and cannot begin with an underscore. Please enter a different name.

 I’ve seen before that you can’t create a site called search. As there is a search site there already. Why teams is not possible I’m not sure about as https:/ /mytenant.sharepoint.com/teams doesn’t exist.
Thanks to Micah commenting on this post I found the following use of teams. When creating site collections the use of the teams url is clear

createsitecollection

So other variations of the same error are:

“sites” cannot be used as a site name. Site names cannot contain certain reserved words and cannot begin with an underscore

“search” cannot be used as a site name. Site names cannot contain certain reserved words and cannot begin with an underscore

for sites and search I don’t have too much of a problem. But if I want to create team sites within a single site collection solution then I’ve only got two options now:

  1. Use a different url? maybe /team/…
  2. Accept that I’ve got to use different site collections for my team sites. This will cause problems with my Global Managed Navigation based solutions.

 

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By Pieter Veenstra

Business Applications and Office Apps & Services Microsoft MVP working as a Microsoft Productivity Principal Consultant at HybrIT Services. You can contact me using contact@veenstra.me.uk.

2 thoughts on “Office 365 – SharePoint creating sites with the name ‘teams’”
  1. My tenant has a drop down when creating a new site collection to choose either sites or teams for the base url.

    I think this is for the new team site experience coming this year

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