What is a SharePoint communication site

Amir Shingray
Amir Shingray
October 29, 2019 | Office 365

A SharePoint communication site is a platform for publishing content in a visually appealing format for reaching a broader audience. It has always been at the heart of collaboration as it is a new vision of building team sites. With a smart intranet vision, you are now able to expand the tools to deliver an out-of-the-box experience for extensive internal communications. 

SharePoint communication sites are simple, fantastic intranet interaction platforms that work across devices. These SharePoint sites offer new and creative designs to get started quickly and help integrate your look and feel. Furthermore, they easily create pages that use web parts from SharePoint to add rich functionality and pull data from other devices. By using SharePoint, you can connect with your readers and get their details along with information regarding the working of site and content. 

Announcing events, launching products, or organizing campaigns can be done via SharePoint communication sites to get insights and expertise by the team on the subject. One of the significant aims of these sites is to communicate broadly and effectively. 

A communication site can be launched in just a few clicks by using default site templates and selecting the appropriate page layout without any additional coding or complex customizations. They also provide images and videos to beautify your content as the showcase of rich content on the website is lucrative for readers. 

These communication sites power the organization's intranet as they are default sensitive, and it does not require any effort to be used by mobile devices. This makes end-users and SharePoint developers happy. Consequently, it saves time for developing and fixing the responsive design.

Publishing content via SharePoint communication sites is prolific.

The SharePoint communication sites are brand new team sites that can be created from SharePoint home. They are used to create pages for agencies and archives for documents. These sites are mobile-friendly and are modified to showcase information visually beautiful. Site designs with web parts are an essential feature of these communication sites. Besides, "blank" is offered with customized editing to create the design of your choice.

The communication sites can modernize classical sites via Modern Pages as they are provided with a unique site template. The communication site designs are contemporary and broad screen sites for building beautiful and attractive pages. Besides, these designs have options such as Topic, showcase, and blank. These options have a variety of functions. For instance, by using "topic," you can share information such as news, updates, status, and events. Showcase is used for posting images, photos, or live stream videos for launching any product or organizing events. Blank is given to create the design of your choice. These site designs can be edited as well.

Each site design is provided with web parts such as the hero web part for bringing site emphasis and using visuals for grasping the attention of the readers. Another web part is the news web part for the winning team by publishing exciting content on site. For displaying detail about upcoming events, products, and campaigns, the event web part is used. The document web part showcases the default document library, which can be altered easily. Highlighted content web part is also preferred for displaying data from a library, site and site collection. Sharing a selection of images, photos and videos are done by using the image gallery web part. 

Site creation from SharePoint communication sites may be embedded with the Yammer web part for extraordinary bi-directional communication features. This includes people's profile and comment section web part. By using people's profiles, you can add many readers as a team whose profile pictures will detail the information of the readers. Site creation via page templates is a direct link with your readers. The comment section is provided for encouraging readers to give suggestions regarding the content of the website. Also, you have an option of deleted comments.

Benefits

The communication sites are beneficial in many ways, with advancements and modernization over time. These benefits are discussing below:

  • The SharePoint online sites are provided with search engines for employees to find data.
  • Intranet communication allows users to communicate and collaborate on a broader level.
  • These sites are adaptable to many devices, such as mobile phones. 
  • The authoritative sites have been revolutionized by using photos, images, and live stream videos.
  • The evolution of Share Point has advanced the interface, such as page layout, tools, and interaction design.
  • The development of SharePoint focuses on client development. Hence, it is increasing industry-standard practices extensively.
  • The use of the content on the website shows its popularity among readers that able you to tune your site by providing content for readers' interests.

How to create Communication sites?

Communication sites are created like Office 365 Group. The basic methodology of creating communication site is given below:

  • Choose and click SharePoint from the Office 365 App.
  • Select Create site.
  • You will have two options. Choose Communication Site.
  • Now, you have to choose a site template as it is a page layout that can be altered later. Therefore, choose Topic. In this section, you will be provided with photos and images for the setting of your page layout.
  • The right side of the screen shows site name, site address, site description, and select a language. 
  • Write the name of your site in the site name. Next, put the URL in the site address. Then, write a description in the site description of your website, i.e., the purpose of this site.
  • Choose language and click finish.
  • Finally, the site has been built.

What sets communication sites apart?

The new communication sites are not provided with Quick Launch or left-handed side menu. Similar to Office 365 Group site, a new site is created as a separate site collection by using the SharePoint communication site. Besides, these sites are offered with new web parts, out-of-the-box site designs, topics, customized homepage, and a blank. These sites are convenient for broadcasting data. Hence, these sites are the future of website development as they mainly focus on building creative and extensive websites for communicating and collaborating with the broad audiences effectively. 

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