Communication Site Overview in SharePoint Online Office 365

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Microsoft recently provides the huge update for SharePoint online customers to view the SharePoint sites in different level User Interface. This site template named as “Communication Site”. Learn about SharePoint Online Office 365 communication site overview.

Now How to get the “Update” in your tenant. Navigate to Office 365 Portal.
Open Admin Center ->Settings -> Organization Profile
Release preferences -> Click Edit ->Select “First release for everyone”

Communication Site
Communication Site

Click Next -> Click Save
Just wait for a couple of hours the update has been applied to your SharePoint tenant.

Now let’s check communication site template in your SharePoint tenant
Open Admin center -> Click SharePoint


Communication Site SharePoint

On that page Click Create Site

Communication Site SharePoint 2013
Communication Site SharePoint 2013

You now able to see the two site templates one will be Team site, and another one is Communication site

Communication site in Office 365 SharePoint Online

Communication site template provides a beautiful look and feel of SharePoint site across all the devices like mobile, web, tablets, SharePoint mobile applications with fully responsive.

It’s showing three types of design layouts:

  • Topic -> Contains News, Events, Documents, and other web parts as team sites
  • Showcase -> It helps to display the photos and images well suitable for products related sites
  • Blank -> It’s a blank site template, we need to integrate all the web parts and layouts from the scratch

Now let’s create all the three templates and see the experience of beautiful communication sites.

Click Communication site -> Choose Topic design template-> Provide the site title and Description -> Click Finish


Communication Site SharePoint 2016
Communication Site SharePoint 2016

The site has been created successfully.

Communication Site SharePoint online
Communication Site SharePoint online

Here we discuss

  • Navigation
  • News web part and its layouts
  • Page layouts with Mobile and desktop views
  • People Picker Card Web part

Let’s Getting started with navigation



SharePoint 2013 Communication Site
SharePoint 2013 Communication Site

You can now able to organize your site navigation on the page using the “Edit” link. Now I will show you create a link and sub link.

 SharePoint 2016 Communication Site

SharePoint 2016 Communication Site

Click Edit -> Click on the child navigation -> Click Make Sub link ->Click Save

SharePoint online Communication Site
SharePoint online Communication Site

Now the “Document” link has been moved as sub-link “Home”. Create a New Menu Item -> Click on ADD Icon.

 Communication Site Office 365

Communication Site Office 365

Click Ok

Communication Site Office 365 SharePoint online
Communication Site Office 365 SharePoint online

Look “Our tenant” Menu item has been added successfully

2. News Web part (This new News web part provides the rich UI experience for display and reading news). Click Edit Page -> Click Add in a Page.

Office 365 Communication Site
Office 365 Communication Site

Select News Web part from Add web part selection window.

Office 365 SharePoint online Communication Site

When you click on EDIT

You can able to see the Three types of layouts

  • Top Story [View the content and images as a thumbnail widget]
  • List View [This layout shows one by one ]
  • Side by Side [It shows the content and images side by side]

Just Add going to news contents into this News web part. Click Add
It navigates to the content page -> Provide the title of your News page

 Office 365 SharePoint online Communication Site
Office 365 SharePoint online Communication Site

Click ADD Icon -> Click Image
Click Upload
Add Text Into it.

sharepoint online communication site
sharepoint online communication site

You can also now able to adjust the font settings, Align as lookalike Microsoft office word. Click Save and Publish.

Top story layout in Communication Site

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communication site tutorial

List View Layout in Communication Site

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communication site tutorial SharePoint

Side By Side Layout in Communication Site

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communication site tutorial sharepoint 2013

#3. People Profiles:
This web part helps to show the people card in your SharePoint page.Click Add -> Select People

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communication site tutorial sharepoint 2016

Provide the People name and Press Enter it added automatically

communication site tutorial sharepoint online
communication site tutorial sharepoint online

Click on the profile -> It will pop up the user information like phone, email and recent activities of the user

Page Layouts:

  • One Column – Separated grid into one single portion
  • Two Columns – Separated grid into two portions
  • Three Columns – Separated grid into three portions
  • One Third – left column- separated grid into 1 3rd adjust left column
  • One Third – Right column – separated grid into 1 3rd adjust right column Now

You can select your column grids from on the go no need to write even single line of code. It works well across all the devices.

Let’s check the one column layout

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tutorial communication site sharepoint 2013

Desktop:

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tutorial communication site sharepoint 2016

Mobile:

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create communication site sharepoint 2016

Two columns:

create communication site sharepoint 2013
create communication site sharepoint 2013

Desktop:

create communication site sharepoint online
create communication site sharepoint online

Mobile:

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how create communication site sharepoint online

You can also change the background image of the title section

how create communication site sharepoint 2013
how to create communication site SharePoint 2013

Three Column Layout:

how create communication site sharepoint 2016
how create communication site sharepoint 2016

Added Iframe Web part into the third column
Desktop:

communication site sharepoint 2016 tutorial
communication site SharePoint 2016 tutorial

Mobile:

communication site sharepoint 2013 tutorial
communication site SharePoint 2013 tutorial

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Let’s overview the other components in a communication site template will discuss it in my second article will be coming soon.

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