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SharePoint Online Planning Guide for Office 365 for business

SharePoint Online is a cloud-based service that helps organizations share and collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers. With SharePoint Online, you can access internal sites, documents, and other information from anywhere—at the office, at home, or from a mobile device.

Note   If you are using Office 365 Small Business, see SharePoint Online Planning Guide for Office 365 Small Business

Before you dive into building and configuring your organization’s SharePoint Online environment, there are a few things you should think about. For example, how will your organization manage sites and users? Do you plan to make special customizations or build any solutions?

We’ve divided the planning process into five manageable steps. With each step, you’ll find helpful resources to guide your decisions and get you better acquainted with SharePoint Online.

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Set up your SharePoint Online environment

Who does this?    Office 365 global admin, SharePoint Online admin

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Plan sites and manage users

Who does this?    SharePoint Online admin and site collection admins.

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Organize site content and plan content features

Who does this?    Site collection admins, site owners, and key content stakeholders in your business

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Customize sites with solutions & apps

Who does this?    SharePoint Online admin, site owners, solution developers

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Use your Public Website to connect with customers

Who does this?    SharePoint Online admin and designated designers for the 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. If you purchased Office 365 after March 9, 2015, use an Office 365 website hosting partner.

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Useful SharePoint Online Resources

Here are some articles that provide key information you may want to refer to during planning and as you maintain your SharePoint Online sites.

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Information about what SharePoint Online features are available in different Office 365 plans, or information about how different SharePoint Online plans compare to the on-premises version SharePoint Server 2013.

SharePoint Online Service Descriptions

Information about storage quotas, number of supported site collections, number of supported users.

SharePoint Online: software boundaries and limits

Blocked file types for SharePoint Online.

Types of files that cannot be added to a list or library

Information about using the SharePoint Online Management Shell to perform administrative tasks from the command line.

Introduction to the SharePoint Online Management Shell

Information about integrating an on-premises deployment of SharePoint Server 2013 with SharePoint Online.

Hybrid for SharePoint Server 2013

A comprehensive list of Help articles about SharePoint Online in Office 365 for business.

Find content about SharePoint Online for Office 365 for business

A comprehensive list of Help articles about the SharePoint Online admin center.

Find content about the SharePoint Online admin center

Where to find partners who provide solutions or services for Office 365.

Microsoft Office 365 Marketplace

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Applies To: SharePoint Online, Office 365 Admin

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