Create a Custom Action in Site Action\Settings menu in SharePoint 2013

Creating a Site or a Subsite in SharePoint 2013 can be confusing since the link is not directly provided in Site Actions or now called "Settings" (Wheel) Menu.Adding the required link back in the "Settings" menu would require you to Create a Custom feature in Visual Studio and activate that in the desired Site Collection.In this post we will discuss a step-by-step process on How to Create a Custom Action (or simply a Link) and add to the "Settings" menu.

Please note that the Out-of-Box Option to create a Subsite is available in Site Contents menu.See detail How to Create a SubSite in SharePoint 2013.
To Create a Custom Action for "Settings" menu you would need the following -
  • Visual Studio 2012
  • Visual Studio 2012 tools for SharePoint
Once you have Installed these lets look at the Steps.

Step 1 - Create a New Empty project.

"SharePoint 2013 Create Custom Action"

Step 2 - Add a Url of your SharePoint site and select deploy as Farm solution.
"SharePoint 2013 Create farm solution"

Step 3 - Once the project is Created Add a new item "Empty Element".
"SharePoint 2013 Add New Item"
Create an Empty Element.
"SharePoint 2013 Create Site Element"

Paste the following in the Elements file.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Elements xmlns="">
Title="Create Site"
Description="Create Site Link" >
<UrlAction Url="~site/_layouts/15/newsbweb.aspx"/>
Step 4 - Verify if the element file is added to the Feature.
"SharePoint 2013 Site Fetaure"

Step 5 - Next Run the Project.
"SharePoint 2013 Start Project"
Press OK if you get the below screen.
"SharePoint 2013 Modify web Config"
SharePoint will open the site with the URL you provided. Verify that the Settings menu has a Create Site link.
"SharePoint 2013 Create Site in Settings"


Art Cold said...

Great! Works! Thanks a lot!

Mahmod Aburabee said...

great man
keep goin

StephanO said...

Awesome! Tired of "Search and Rescue" to find Subsite.
Stephan Onisick

Bloomoo said...

how do I create a modal dialog box from the custom action?

wiss wiss said...

I ask you if I can add a custom action to the settings menu and how ?

Sophia Smith said...

Hey Good article for SharePoint beginner. I am a beginner in SharePoint and have just signed up for free SharePoint 2013 hosting solutions with

ROCK4STARS said...

Sir, What change i have to do if i want to bring that "create site" link to quick launch /left navigation area..?

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