Sunday, January 1, 2017

What is a Web Application? - SharePoint & Office 365 Sites

According to the Microsoft Developer Network, “A SharePoint 2013 web application is composed of an Internet Information Services (IIS) website that acts as a logical unit for the site collections that you create.”

Creating a web application is the first step towards creating a site collection. Each web application is associated with an IIS website that allows you to give your application a unique domain name to help protect it from cross-site scripting attacks.
During the process of creating a new web application, a new content database will also be created and the authentication used to connect to the database will be defined. The authentication method that will be used by the  IIS (Internet Information Services) website in SharePoint will also be defined during this time.
Please note that in Office 365 Sites, you won’t find an option for creating web applications. Though these are hidden from end users, you don’t have to worry because Microsoft is doing all the work for you on the backend.

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