I am a new to SharePoint webservices and now working on customizing webservices for sharepoint. Here is a sample code for creating a site in SharePoint using it’s webservices.

Creating Site:

To create a site, project requires a methods to access sites for creating and deleting. Those methods and properties are available in admin webservice.


is a admin webservice available in directory called Root:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12ADMISAPIadmin.asmx

Add this reference to the project, and change the reference name to SPAdminService.
The following code helps to create a site for the particular URL.

 protected void createSite()
string siteURL=”http://servername:port/site”;   Site URL
string siteTitle=”TestSite”;                  Site Title
string sitedes=”Site for testing”;            Site Description
int lcid=1033;                                     Local identifier – 1033 for English(US)
string siteTemp=”STS#0″;     Site Template “STS#0”-Team Site, “STS#1”-Blank

SiteSPAdminService.Admin adminService=new SPAdminService.Admin();
Authentication for default users crenntly logged in OS
adminService.Credentials = CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials;

Assigning authentication by code.  
adminService.Credentials=new NetworkCredential(“UserName”,”Password”,”Domain”);
adminService.CreateSite(siteURL, siteTitle , sitedes , lcid, siteTemp, “domainUserName”, “Display_UserName”, “email”, “”, “”);
catch(Exception ex)


Ari · July 1, 2007 at 3:43 PM

Good luck, we will keep in touch with as you/we move forward.

rtshiva · August 10, 2007 at 9:40 AM

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kiran reddy · August 22, 2007 at 3:36 PM

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Zelota · October 8, 2007 at 2:25 PM

I wrote a same code, but it always said this:

System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapException: Exception of type ‘Microsoft.SharePoint.SoapServer.SoapServerException’ was thrown.

Any idea?

ramesh · October 24, 2008 at 9:21 PM

hey i was getting the same error..!
more over this error is coming only for thisweb services..!

Bart · October 30, 2008 at 8:54 PM

I also get the soapServerException. No clue yet how to fix it! Has anyone fixed that?

Shantha Kumar · November 22, 2008 at 10:06 PM

I would like to know what type of app you all trying to do i.e.,(webpart, windows application or web app,), and want to know about your code about webservice calling..
Any way, If you get this soapServerException please refer the below link, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830342

Harry Solsem · December 24, 2008 at 2:46 AM

Has anyone got this approach on creating sitecollections working with custom site-templates? I’ve been struggling with this quite a few hours :-( ……

Aamir Bashir · March 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM

This url suppose to be


instead of bin (adm)

Janardhan · April 8, 2009 at 12:47 PM

uable to access admin.asmx, it is been blocked.
i did some google and asmx removed from blocked files, then msg prompt file not found. please direct me in right path.

shobha · May 4, 2009 at 2:34 PM

I want to create site using custom template i.e stp file.

How can i acheive using createsite webservice?

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