In this article, let's compare the SharePoint 2016 Web Application limits with other SharePoint versions. 

Boundaries, Thresholds and Supported limits

Before we getting started, you should first know What's the types of Limit?

  • Boundaries: Static limits that cannot be exceeded by design.
  • Thresholds: Configurable limits that can be exceeded to accommodate specific requirements.
  • Supported limits: Configurable limits that have been set by default to a tested value.
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Web Application Limits for SharePoint

The below table lists the recommended guidelines for Web Application in SharePoint 2016,2013,2010,2007. 

Limits/Version Limit Type SharePoint 2007 SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 SharePoint 2016
Web Application per farm Supported 99 per Shared Service Provider 20 per farm 20 per farm 20 per farm
Content Database Supported 100 per web app 300 per web app 500 per farm 500 per farm
Site Collection per Web App Supported x 250,000 250,000 250,000
Zone per Web App Boundary 5 per farm 5 5 5
Managed Path for host-named site collections Supported 20 20 20 20
Solution cache for path-based site collections Threshold x 300 MB 300 MB 300 MB

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In this article, we've compared the SharePoint 2016 Web Application limits with SharePoint 2013 / 2010 / 2007.


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Published by Mohamed El-Qassas at Comparing SharePoint 2016 Web Application limits with SharePoint 2013 / 2010 / 2007.