Sharepoint my site host is a site collection where users will come to when they click the “About me” link from the Welcome drop down. Specifically, users come to the person.aspx page of the my site host site collection.

From there, users can click links that will bring them to their own personal site collection. The OOTB pattern for the link to users’ personal site collection is firstname_lastname after the managed path.

Here are some observations of the my site host site collection created by default:

  • Publishing Infrastructure site collection feature is disabled;
  • Server publishing site feature is disabled;
  • Even with publishing features enabled, the “Change the look” link is not included on the settings page;
  • My site host uses the mysite15.master;
  • Unlike regular content site collections, there is only one header bar;
  • The “Site Content” link under the gears will take the user to the current user’s personal site collection view all content page;
  • The “Site Settings” link under the gears will take the current user to the site settings page of the current my site host site collection;

To apply a color theme, go to the page _layouts/15/designgallery.aspx page (pointed to by the “Change the look” link in other site collections”), pick, preview and apply a theme; at this point the profile image will disappear because none of the composed looks use the mysite15.master page; so you would need to use the master page link from the settings page to change the master page to either mysite15 or your custom mysite host master page.

My site host site collection contains a user photos library with a subfolder called “Profile Pictures” where each uploaded photo will have 3 versions Large, Medium and Small.

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