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How to: Provision a Developer Site using your existing Office 365 subscription

apps for Office and SharePoint

Create an Office 365 Developer Site within with your existing Office 365 enterprise subscription to make your setup easier and start creating, testing, and deploying your apps for Office and SharePoint more quickly.

Last modified: March 26, 2014

Applies to: apps for Office | apps for SharePoint

If you have an Office 365 enterprise (E3 or E4) subscription, you can create a Developer Site within your subscription at no additional charge.

If you don’t have an Office 365 enterprise subscription, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial of an Office 365 Developer Subscription by clicking the following link.

Sign up for an Office 365 Developer Site

Note Note

Office 365 Small Business is a low-cost option for small businesses that supports only a single site collection, and so you can’t use it to create a Developer Site site collection. See SharePoint Online: software boundaries and limits to learn more about the plans for SharePoint Online in Office 365.

  1. Sign in to Office 365 as a Global or SharePoint Online admin.

  2. Click Admin at the top of the Admin Overview page, and click SharePoint.

    Figure 1. Selecting SharePoint admin center.

    Office 365 admin center
    Note Note

    You must be a Global or SharePoint Online admin to create new site collections such as a Developer Site. If you’re not an admin, you won’t see Admin options when you sign in to Office 365. You’ll need to contact an admin in your company and have them do one of the following:

    • Grant you admin rights, so you can create the Developer Site yourself.

    • Create the Developer Site for you, and specify you as an admin for the site collection.

  3. In the SharePoint admin center, on the Site Collections tab, click New, and then click Private Site Collection.

    Figure 2. Creating a new private site collection from the SharePoint Admin Center.

    SharePoint Admin Center new site collection option
  4. In the New Site Collection dialog box, provide information about your developer site:

    • In the Title box, name your Developer Site.

    • In the Public Website Address drop-down lists, choose a domain name and a URL path—either /sites/ or /teams/—and then type a URL name for the site collection.

    • Choose a language for your developer site from the Select a language list in the Template Selection section.

      Note Note

      Be sure to select the appropriate language for the Developer Site site collection, because once you choose it, it can’t be changed. You can enable the SharePoint multiple language interface on your sites, but the primary language for the site collection is the one you choose here.

      Selecting a language for the Developer Site does not affect the languages you can make available in your apps for Office and SharePoint.

    • In the Template Selection section, under Select a template, on the Collaboration tab, choose Developer Site.

    • In the Time Zone box, choose the time zone that’s appropriate for the locale of theDeveloper Site.

    • In the Administrator box, type the user name of your site collection administrator.

      You can also use the Check Names button or Browse button to find a user to assign as the site collection administrator.

    • In the Storage Quota box, type the number of megabytes (MB) you want to allocate to this site collection.

      Don’t exceed the available amount that is shown next to the box.

    • In the Server Resource Quota box, type the amount of resources you want to allocate to the site collection.

      This number is a combination of performance metrics (such as processor time and unhandled exceptions) that pertain to code in sandboxed solutions. When the level exceeds a daily quota, the sandbox is turned off for this site collection.

    Figure 3. Setting the attributes of your Developer Site

    Set options for your developer site collection
  5. Click OK.

    You’ll see the new developer site URL in the Site Collections list. When the site is finished provisioning, you can navigate to the URL to open your Developer Site.

    Figure 4. New developer site provisioning in the SharePoint Admin page

    New site collection provisioning

When you finish provisioning an Office 365 Developer Site, you can start developing apps for Office and SharePoint in two ways: by using Visual Studio 2012, or by installing the "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools tools without having to install Visual Studio 2012.

"Napa" Office 365 Development Tools is a browser-based authoring tool that makes developing your apps quick and easy. You can’t use the "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools tools to create provider-hosted or autohosted apps for SharePoint, but you can use them to create SharePoint-hosted apps. And because you can download the solutions that you create with the "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools tools and open them in Visual Studio 2012, you can use "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools to get started developing any kind of app for SharePoint.

You can install "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools in the same way you install any published app for SharePoint (.app) package in the Office Store.

  1. Sign in to your Office 365 Developer Site.

  2. Click the Get Tools to Build Apps tile.

  3. On the details page of the "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools app, choose ADD IT to install the app.

  4. Choose the Trust It button in the next window.

  5. When prompted for your credentials, sign in with your Microsoft account (for example, your Hotmail account).

  6. After you sign in, you’ll be granted a license for the app. Leave the installation check box selected, and then click the Return to site link.

  7. After installation is complete, click the "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools icon on the All Site contents page to launch the tools.

Note Note

If you don’t have the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 installed on your development computer, those tools are installed when you choose the Open in Visual Studio button from "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools.

  1. In the Office 365 admin center, under Admin shortcuts, click Download software.

    Figure 4. Download the latest version of Office

    Download Office clients from admin center
  2. Under software, choose Office.

  3. Select the language and version you want (32-bit or 64-bit), and click Install.

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