Difference between a Hub site and the new Home Site setting?


I have a Hub site which is the main landing for our intranet (under construction). Several Communication sites are associated with it. I recently read in an email that a new option is available called Home Site which is explained here .


I guess I'm not understanding the difference between the two. The Hub/Communication site that we use already has the functions that are mentioned in the link above. Can anyone explain why I would want to set up the Home Site option?

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best response confirmed by alandarr (Contributor)

Hi @alandarr ,


From the official release about Home Sites:-


5. What is the difference between a hubs and home site?

a) Hubs and Home sites are added functionalities to our two modern site types Team and Communication.

A hub is used organize sites with a shared theming, navigation, search and news roll ups.

A home site serves as the top level portal with unique functionality like special SP mobile treatment, organizational news, tenant wide search, integration with SP start page, etc.


Biggest thing I see is that clicking on your company logo anywhere in Office 365 takes you to your Home site. A home site is traditional what you would call your Intranet.  You can turn a Hub into a Home site. You can only have one home site. 

I wasn't sure if my Hub site could be the Home Site. Seems like that would be the thing to do.
Thanks for that info!

I've posted my issue down below .. but if you have a simple intranet in which the Home site is a hub site, and all your departmental sites connect to this home site, then you are able to take advantage of this Global Navigation Menu.
But because a hub cannot connect to a hub; and a larger intranet site might have several hubs (with each hub having several connected sites), then you cannot leverage what would be a very nice feature. Instead you've got to find a way to replicate a global menu as the hub menu for all of your 10-20 hub sites. If someone has created this in PowerShell, i'd really appreciate them posting the code.