SharePoint sites are part of a hierarchy that is grouped in a Site Collection. There is always one site that is the root site of the Site Collection but below that site can be many child sites. Lists and Libraries can be created within each site in the Site Collection. The Site Collection defines the basic storage as well as administration and permissions. In a later lesson in this course, you will explore the basic permissions and how they are applied to each site within the Site Collection as well as each list and library.
The following diagram illustrates a conceptual view of how sites might be organized in a Site Collection. Note that the presentations in this course use a root site named Contoso Home Site with a single child site named Sub Site A.
Navigation is a crucial part of using and managing SharePoint. The following walk-through, will navigate the root Team Site named Contoso Home Site as well as its single child site Sub Site A. The walk-through will highlight different menus and navigation links shared by all the pages in a SharePoint site.
Note that links in the Top Link Bar are not necessarily child sites, they can be links that have been manually created and that navigate to pages within the root site. The default behavior when adding a new child site to a parent site is to add a link to the Top Link Bar of the parent site.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell that you are on a different site. In this walk-through both sites' home pages and Quick Launch menus are based on the same Team Site templates, and neither have had any customizations performed on them. The only visual differences at this point are the titles Sub Site A and Contoso Home Site, and Sub Site A only has the Home link in its Top Link Bar because it does not yet have any child sites. In a later part of this course, you will learn how modify the content of pages such as the home page. You will also be adding content to the site that will automatically change the Quick Launch menu.
In a later part of this course, you will learn how to configure child sites to use the same Top Link Bar as their parent site as well as how to add custom links.
In later parts of this course, you will learn how to create lists and libraries as well as other items that will automatically add links to the Quick Launch menu. You will also explore how to customize the Quick Launch menu manually.
In a later part of this course, you will learn how to assign permissions.