How To Delete A SharePoint Site

Are you looking to delete a SharePoint site? Follow our step-by-step guide to effortlessly delete your site and streamline your digital workspace.

To delete a SharePoint site, you need to first determine the type of site you have – classic subsite, communication site, or Team site (Microsoft 365 Group site). Before deleting any site, make sure it is no longer being used and that there are no subsites associated with it.

For classic subsites, you can go to the site settings, click on “Delete this site,” and confirm the deletion.

For communication sites, go to the site information, click on “Delete site,” and confirm the deletion.

For Team sites, follow the same steps as communication sites, but be aware that deleting a Team site will also delete the entire Microsoft 365 Group associated with it.

Deleted subsites are sent to the second-stage recycle bin, where they are retained for 93 days before being permanently purged. To restore a deleted subsite, navigate to the recycle bin, select the site, and click on “Restore.”

Deleted communication sites and Team sites are retained in the SharePoint Admin Center’s recycle bin. To restore a deleted site, go to the SharePoint Admin Center, select “Deleted sites,” choose the site you want to restore, and click “Restore.”

It is important to note that deleting a site can have consequences, so make sure to check if it is being used and verify with the site owner before proceeding.

Types of SharePoint Sites and Deletion Process

Before deleting a SharePoint site, it’s essential to understand the type of site you have and the specific deletion process involved. SharePoint offers various types of sites, including classic subsites, communication sites, and Team sites (also known as Microsoft 365 Group sites). Each type has its own unique characteristics and implications when it comes to deleting them.

Classic Subsites

Classic subsites are a hierarchical structure within a SharePoint site. They are typically used for organizing content and creating sub-spaces within a larger site. To delete a classic subsite, you can navigate to the site settings, click on “Delete this site,” and confirm the deletion. It’s important to note that all subsites associated with the parent site will also be deleted.

Communication Sites

Communication sites are designed for sharing news, reports, and other relevant information with a wide audience. To delete a communication site, you can go to the site information, click on “Delete site,” and confirm the deletion. Deleting a communication site will remove all its content and pages, so make sure to archive any important information before proceeding with the deletion.

Team Sites (Microsoft 365 Group sites)

Team sites are collaborative spaces where groups can work together, share files, and communicate efficiently. Deleting a Team site will also delete the entire Microsoft 365 Group associated with it. To delete a Team site, follow the same steps as communication sites. However, before deleting a Team site, ensure that it is no longer active and that all necessary files and information have been transferred to another location.

When a site is deleted in SharePoint, it is not permanently removed right away. Instead, it is sent to the appropriate recycle bin based on the type of site.

The Second-Stage Recycle Bin

Deleted classic subsites are sent to the second-stage recycle bin, where they are retained for 93 days before being permanently purged. If you accidentally delete a subsite and need to restore it, you can navigate to the recycle bin, select the site, and click on “Restore.” It’s crucial to act within the retention period, as once the site is permanently purged, it cannot be recovered.

Deleted communication sites and Team sites are retained in the SharePoint Admin Center’s recycle bin. To restore a deleted site, you can go to the SharePoint Admin Center, select “Deleted sites,” choose the site you want to restore, and click “Restore.”

Before deleting any SharePoint site, it is crucial to assess its usage and verify with the site owner whether it is still needed. Deleting a site can have consequences and lead to data loss, so proper communication and coordination are essential to ensure a smooth deletion process.

Type of Site Deletion Process
Classic Subsites Navigate to site settings, click on “Delete this site,” and confirm deletion. All associated subsites will also be deleted.
Communication Sites Go to site information, click on “Delete site,” and confirm deletion. All content and pages will be removed.
Team Sites (Microsoft 365 Group sites) Follow the same steps as communication sites. Deleting a Team site will also delete the associated Microsoft 365 Group.
Deleted Sites Retention
  • Classic subsites are retained in the second-stage recycle bin for 93 days before permanent purging.
  • Communication sites and Team sites are retained in the SharePoint Admin Center’s recycle bin.
Restoring a Deleted Site
  • Deleted subsites can be restored from the second-stage recycle bin in SharePoint.
  • Deleted communication sites and Team sites can be restored from the SharePoint Admin Center’s recycle bin.

Restoring Deleted SharePoint Sites

In the event that you need to restore a deleted SharePoint site, follow these steps to recover your subsite, communication site, or Team site from the appropriate recycle bin or SharePoint Admin Center. Remember to involve the site owner in the verification process.

If you have deleted a classic subsite, you can navigate to the site settings and click on “Delete this site.” Confirm the deletion and the subsite will be sent to the second-stage recycle bin.

For communication sites, access the site information and click on “Delete site.” Confirm the deletion, and the site will be moved to the recycle bin. Similarly, Team sites can be deleted using the same steps, but be aware that deleting a Team site will also remove the associated Microsoft 365 Group.

Deleted subsites are retained in the second-stage recycle bin for 93 days before being permanently purged. To restore a deleted subsite, go to the recycle bin, select the site, and click on “Restore.”

On the other hand, if you have deleted a communication site or Team site, you can find them in the SharePoint Admin Center’s recycle bin. To restore a deleted site, go to the SharePoint Admin Center, select “Deleted sites,” choose the site you want to restore, and click “Restore.”

It is crucial to note that deleting a site can have consequences, so always ensure that the site is no longer being used and verify with the site owner before proceeding with the deletion process.

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