Create a tenant and a site

Last updated Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Sitecore Experience Accelerator for Administrator

The SXA content architecture includes tenants and sites. SXA supports multitenancy, which means that you can run multiple sites on a single instance of Sitecore. Each tenant can include multiple related sites, for example, to support multiple brands for a single company or multiple languages or locations for a single brand. Organizations can support multiple languages through one-to-one translated versions (native Sitecore language support) or use a model with a separate site for each supported language.

For example, an international clothing company could have different tenants for the different brands of clothing and different sites for the specific countries.

This topic describes how to:

Create a tenant and a tenant folder

With SXA's multitenant architecture, you can provide each tenant a dedicated share of the Sitecore instance including its data templates, configuration, user management, tenant individual functionality, and non-functional properties.

To create a tenant:

  1. In the Content Editor, right-click the item in the content tree, click Insert, Tenant.

    Right-click the item in the content tree, and click Insert, Tenant.

  2. In the wizard, enter a name for the tenant, select the features, and click OK.

    In the wizard, enter a name for the tenant, select the features , and click OK.

For more complex solutions, you can use groups of tenants. For example, a multinational selling consumer goods could have the following tenant folders and tenants:

Company (Tenant Folder)

  • Cosmetics (Tenant Folder)
    • Brand A (Tenant)
    • Brand B (Tenant)
  • Laundry detergents (Tenant Folder)
    • Brand A (Tenant)
    • Brand B (Tenant)
    • Brand C (Tenant)
  • Hair care (Tenant Folder)
    • Brand A (Tenant)
    • Brand B (Tenant)
    • Brand C (Tenant)
    • Brand D (Tenant)

To create a group of tenants:

  • Right-click the content item in the content tree, click Tenant Folder, enter a name and click OK.

Create a site and a site folder

The tenant is a top-level container for the sites underneath. Sites in the same tenant are related, for example, because they share the same set of templates or part of the media library. Sites are the items that represent the website and consist of pages, data, designs, and partial layouts.

To create a site:

  1. In the Content Editor, right-click the tenant to which you want to add the site.

    In the Content Editor, right-click the tenant to which you want to add the site

  2. In the wizard, on the General tab, enter the name for the site.

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  3. On the Features tab, select the features and click OK.

    On the Features tab, select the features and click OK

  4. On the Theme tab, either create a new theme by selecting Create new theme or select one or more existing theme(s) and click OK.

    On the Theme tab, either create a new theme by selecting Create new theme or select one or more existing theme(s)  and click OK

    Your new site is available immediately.

For governance reasons, you can decide to use groups of sites. For example, for an internalization model where you create different sites for different countries:

  • Europe (site folder)
    • Poland (site)
    • Denmark (site)
    • The Netherlands (site)
    • Ukraine (site)
  • Asia (site folder)
  • Africa (site folder)

To create a group of sites:

  • Right-click the tenant in the content tree, click Site Group, enter a name and click OK.