04-06-2020 10:10 PM
04-06-2020 10:10 PM
For our upcoming intranet landing page, our team have received two feature requests:
I assume that the latter feature request isn't possible out-of-the-box, but to explorer some potential workarounds, let's discuss some possible routes....
Solving the first feature request, I'm thinking audience targeting would be the best choice, assuming that the whoever generates the department's news article set the correct target group for their stories. Alice would get news articles from Site A. But the news feed would include a lot of other news articles as well, which doesn't comply with the second feature request.
Another approach might be to create a simple (powershell) script that, if possible, on behalf of each employee virtually hits the "Follow site" button one each employee's department site. This would probably solve the first feature request, but not the latter.
A third option would be to create a custom web part, that based on the employees group memberships calculates which news sources to fetch news from.
These options either doesn't fulfill both feature requests, of it requires custom development.
Have other SPO organizations had a similar feature request, and found a working solution that don't require to much custom development?
04-07-2020 10:21 AM
@kenneho for requirement 1 consider having a hub site with a main intranet site and then associated site for each department. Then news from each department can flow up to the hub site. We do this with our intranet which has about 10 sites that feed news up to it. You can see the site in blue in the image below:
For requirement 2 make sure that audience targeting is turned on in the news web part. Divide your staff into their departments and you can then target news at them. I'll have to point you to a page where there is more info as at the moment we are not using audience targeting: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/overview-of-audience-targeting-in-modern-sharepoint-sites-6...
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04-07-2020 10:54 PM
@Rob Elliott , thanks for your reply!
Regarding requirement 2: Using audience targeting would get us a long way, but as this would - assuming I haven't missed something - clutter the news feed with articles from a lot more than just a single news source (such as news only from the current user's department), this option won't fit the current requirement.