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Approaches to convert the built-in root site collection into a communication hub site

john john
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Approaches to convert the built-in root site collection into a communication hub site

when we start a new office 365 project, we will have a classic team site created for us at the root https://ourcomapnyname.sharepoint.com/.  but now we want to follow the flat structure of sites and star using hub sites. so for this i am not sure what are the appraochies we can follow to :-

 

1. convert the current classic team site into a communication site. we need to convert it into a communication site, since this is the template advised to be used for hub sites. as we want to set our root site collection to be the parent hub site for our company .

 

so what are the approaches we can follow? can i simply delete the root site collection, then create a new communication modern site at the root url of our tenant?

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Re: Approaches to convert the built-in root site collection into a communication hub site

They are working on allowing us to make the root site collection a modern comm site. But currently there isn’t a supported way to do this.

Most people are using a comm site as their main site as a hub instead. There are some work arounds that people have used to accomplish removing the root site and creating a new one but it’s not ideal.

Re: Approaches to convert the built-in root site collection into a communication hub site


@Chris Webb wrote:
Most people are using a comm site as their main site as a hub instead. There are some work arounds that people have used to accomplish removing the root site and creating a new one but it’s not ideal.

so if we can not convert our built-in classic team site collection (root site collection), to be a modern communication site, then our main communication site collection hub site will have url such as https://ourcompany.sharepoint.com/sites/mainHUb instead of being on the root?

Re: Approaches to convert the built-in root site collection into a communication hub site

Yeah. It’s either wait. Do that or risk doing the “work around” that isn’t recommended. Some others that have done it might chime in if they have had issues but there was a lot of steps involved to doing it.

Re: Approaches to convert the built-in root site collection into a communication hub site

I think they are targeting by the end of 2018 or early 2019 for the ability to convert the root site to a communications site.  Fingers crossed, as we are working on a new Intranet and hope to be able to use the root site as the hub site for launch

Re: Approaches to convert the built-in root site collection into a communication hub site


@Rick DeFoe wrote:

I think they are targeting by the end of 2018 or early 2019 for the ability to convert the root site to a communications site.  Fingers crossed, as we are working on a new Intranet and hope to be able to use the root site as the hub site for launch


@Ana Rivasthanks for the reply.  so in this case we can use our current classic team site as is,and add news, documents, lists & videos. then convert it to a communication site once this feature become available (end of 2018 or early 2019 ).. or it is preferred not to use the current root classic team site at all? but in our case we need the url for the intranet to be on the root.

second question. now currently for our classic team site , i have the option to connect it to an office 365 group as follow:-

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so will this convert our classic team site to be a real  modern team site? if this is the case, then i can now convert the root classic team site to be a modern team site, and set it as the hub site? is this a valid choice?

Thanks

Re: Approaches to convert the built-in root site collection into a communication hub site

Heres the ignite announcement that talks about it. https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-SharePoint-Blog/Build-your-modern-intranet-with-Sha...

I would be hesitant to start building anything in the root as it may complicate the transition. They talk about various eventually being supported but it may take longer. We are holding off using g the root and for now building our site in a regular site collection under /sites

Re: Approaches to convert the built-in root site collection into a communication hub site

Do you know of a way to redirect the root site to another site without any delay?

Re: Approaches to convert the built-in root site collection into a communication hub site

Not 100% sure if you can get it done without any delay but you could try putting a JavaScript redirect.