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Last year, at the SharePoint Conference, we announced SharePoint home sites, the latest innovation for the intelligent intranet. And now, just when staying connected is key and communication is needed more than ever, SharePoint home sites feature is available to all customers.

 

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A SharePoint home site is a communication site that is designed and designated to serve as the top portal in your organization. We like to call it a communication site with some extra superpowers. It is an organization’s front page; a carefully crafted collection of news, content, conversations and video to deliver an engaging experience that reflects an organization’s voice, priorities and brand. See the tools in action by watching the keynote presentation, and then try your hand at creating your own home sites

 

We cannot wait to see what you create! Install a template from the SharePoint look book to get a jump start on a beautiful and effective intranet.  

12 Comments

Well done Team, Congrats !

 

Best Regards,
Nuno Árias Silva

Contributor

How is this different from a regular Communication site?

 

Is it just that these three specific functionalities will be enabled when you set a site as a Home site?

 

  • It's easily accessible from the SharePoint mobile app for Android and iOS. All users that have access to the home site will see a home button on the Find tab of the mobile app. Being communication sites, home sites are designed to be mobile friendly from the start.

  • Search for the site is scoped to all sites within the organization. Having a great search experience is critical for the success of the home site. 

  • The site is automatically set up as an organization news site. (Although you can have only one home site, you can have multiple organization news sites.)

Are there plans for additional features or functionality that will further distinguish a Home site from a regular Communication site?

 

Microsoft

Great question Kevin ! We are exploring many more ways of having a unique treatment for a Home site. What would you like to see ?

New Contributor

That's Amazing !! 

Regular Contributor

One thing to note is the Home (communication) sites are  rollout automatically to new tenants such as the developer tenant I created last month. Tenants created before April 2019 are more likely to have a classic team site in place at the tenant root level. In which case, you will need to to perform a site swap with either an existing communication site, or one created via the Lookbook as suggested by @DC Padur  . 

Occasional Visitor

Nice to see the announcement though can you also confirm if once we set this site as a home site using the PowerShell command. Will it also going to change the navigation from office.com tile of SharePoint to this site or not? because after setting our root communication site i still see the URL as <Domainname.sharepoint.com/_layouts/15/sharepoint.aspx> which i would expect as the home site.

 

Or am i missing something.

 

Thanks,

Dhawal

New Contributor

When do you expect to release the Home site navigation and theme on SharePoint Start? Or is it not going to happen? 

New Contributor

Why limit this to Communication Sites? To be consistent with the navigation on other modern sites in some Intranets, a Team Site (with or with an Office 365 Group backing it) seems like it would be just as viable of an option. I can totally see how the Site Collection in the root of a tenant would be a Hub Site, a Home Site, and the SharePoint site backing a Microsoft Team (potentially Org-wide). This is altogether commonplace for small businesses but cannot be achieved with a Communication Site.

Giving Communication Sites back the "Quick Launch" for navigational consistency with Team Sites would go a long way to achieving this goal too.

Occasional Visitor

Hello, 

  • How is a Home Site different from a Hub Site? 
New Contributor

@ArchitectSimba  A  Home site can be made into a Hub site, say from a communication site  -  I don't think you can site swap with an existing Hub Site, unless you de-register it beforehand .  There is only one  top level Home Site, whereas you can have up to 2000 Hub sites  .  

Contributor

@DC Padur  What would we want to see?

That's an easy question, what about the functionality that was promised in the beginning? :smile:

Namely integration with the start page

(and maybe even one step further: also integration with the office.com page)

 

These 3 features are a bit underwhelming. Only the button in the app is nice
(but why no button on the desktop? Many people don't know they can click the company logo).
The other 2 (auth. news & search scope) are easily done with 1 powershell command anyway.

Frequent Contributor

@DC Padur  how about a global nav? Hub navs are a good step for a common navigation across related sites. But, we find ourselves copying certain links across all hub navs to mimic a global nav. A truly global navigation element via home site could be a good value.