Change the look of your public website

Note: The SharePoint Online Public Website information in this article applies only if your organization purchased Office 365 prior to March 9, 2015. Customers who currently use this feature will continue to have access to the feature for a minimum of two years after the changeover date of March 9, 2015. New customers who subscribed to Office 365 after the changeover date don't have access to this feature. Moving forward, Office 365 customers have access to industry-leading third-party offerings that enable them to have a public website that provides a complete online solution and presence. For more information about this change, see Information about changes to the SharePoint Online Public Website feature in Office 365.

Your website colors, background, and typeface all make up the look of your public website. You can change the look so that it reflects your business brand. Depending on your business, you may want to use the same colors and design of your logo, your products, or your place of business. In your Office 365 public website, it’s quick and simple to change the look of your website, and you have numerous designs to choose from. Watch the video below for a quick demo. The rest of this article appears below the video.

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Choose a new look

The first step to change the overall appearance of your website is to change the look. To change the look, you open the website editor and follow these steps.

  1. On your public website, click the Site tab.

  2. Click Change the Look.

  3. On the Change the Look page, you see a set of designs to choose from. To see more designs, click the navigation links at the bottom of the page.
    Change public website look

    Note:  If this page doesn’t display or displays with script errors, your Theme Gallery may be missing the 15 folder. If this is the case, restore the folder and its contents using the Site contents > Recycle Bin.

  4. Select the design you want to use and then customize the design with a new background, layout, colors, and fonts.
    Change the look of the public website

  5. To change the background, click Change and browse to the new image you want to use. Or, to remove the background image, click Remove.

  6. To change the colors used in the design, click the color menu, scroll through the color schemes, and select the one you want to use.

  7. To change the layout of the website, choose from the available site layouts. (The site layouts that appear are based on the available master pages for your site.)

  8. To change the font and typeface on the website, select a font set, like Segue UI, Georgia, or Rockwell.

  9. When finished, click Try it out, which opens a preview of your website using the new look.

  10. To go back to the previous screen and change the design more, choose No, not quite there yet, then repeat steps 5-10.

  11. If you like the design and want to apply it to your website, choose Yes, keep it. This takes you to your actual website with the applied design.

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What’s next

Once you choose and customize a design for your site, you can then begin customizing individual pages and the site. See Public Website help for Office 365. Also, for advanced website design, see Use Design Manager with your Public Website in Office 365.

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