After you have performed your installation and initial SharePoint configuration, you can proceed with creating and configuring your portal or top-level site collection.
Creating a top-level site is the fun part of the installation process because you finally get to see the results of your SharePoint installation efforts. The process is slightly different depending on whether you have installed WSS or MOSS, mostly with regard to the site templates and services that are available. For MOSS installations you are creating a top-level site that is a portal because it has all the portal services such as search available to it. See Chapter 3 for a complete description of the site templates.
To start working with your WSS installation, you need to create a Web application and a site collection on which users can start working. If you have multiple front-end servers, create the Web application on the server that is hosting SharePoint Central Administration.
To create a Web application, follow these steps:
Open SharePoint Central Administration and select the Application Management tab.
Click Create or extend Web application in the SharePoint Web Application Management page.
Click Create a new IIS Web site and change the port setting to 80 so that users will not have to specify the port number in the URL. Port 80 is the standard port expected by Web browsers.
Select NTLM or Negotiate (Kerberos) as the appropriate ...