Use the Sites feature page to manage a list of sites on a Web server.

Sort the list by clicking one of the feature page column headings or select a value from the Group by drop-down list to group similar items. Search the list by typing search criteria in the Filter box, expand the Go list to select the field on which to search, and then click Go or press ENTER. Click Show All to remove the filter criteria.

UI Element List

The following tables describe the UI elements that are available on the feature page and in the Actions pane.

Feature Page Elements

Element NameDescription


Displays the unique name of the site.


Displays the unique ID of the site.


Displays whether the site is started, or displays error information if the site has a problem and cannot start. When a site uses more than one protocol, the status will be displayed separately for each protocol, with the status followed by the protocol in parenthesis. For example, a site that uses the HTTP or HTTPS protocol will display Started (http) when it is started.


Displays the binding or bindings for the site.


Displays the physical path of the directory that holds the site's content.

Actions Pane Elements

Some of the actions described in the following table are available for a site only when the site has an HTTP or HTTPS binding. These actions appear in the Actions pane under Manage Web Site.

Element NameDescription

Add Web Site

Opens the Add Web Site dialog box from which you can add a Web site that uses the HTTP or HTTPS protocols for communication.

Set Web Site Defaults

Opens the Web Site Defaults dialog box from which you can set default values that apply to all Web sites that you add to the Web server.


Opens the Site Bindings dialog box from which you can add, edit, and remove site bindings.

Basic Settings

Opens the Edit Site dialog box from which you can edit the settings that were specified when the selected site was created.


You cannot edit bindings from the Edit Site dialog box. Open the bindings dialog box to edit the site's bindings.


Opens the physical directory (in Windows Explorer) for the site.

Edit Permissions

Opens the Windows Properties dialog box for the physical directory that is mapped to the root virtual directory for the selected site's root application.


Removes the item that is selected from the list on the feature page.


Enables the Name field of the selected site so that you can rename the site.

View Applications

Opens the Applications feature page from which you can view the applications that belong to the site.

View Virtual Directories

Opens the Virtual Directories feature page from which you can view the virtual directories that belong to the site's root application.


Stops and restarts the selected site. Restarting a site causes the site to be temporarily unavailable until the restart is complete.


Starts the selected site.


Stops the selected site. Stopping a site causes the site to be unavailable until it is started.


Opens the selected site in an Internet browser. When the site has more than one binding, multiple browse links display.

Advanced Settings

Opens the Advanced Settings dialog box from which you can configure advanced settings for the selected site.

Failed Request Tracing

Opens the Edit Web Site Failed Request Tracing dialog box from which you can enable failed request tracing and configure related settings for the selected site.


Opens the Edit Web Site Limits dialog box from which you can configure bandwidth and connection limits for the selected site.

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