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Guided walkthrough: Creating a communication site for your organization

In this article, we show you elements of a communication site to inspire you and help you learn how to create similar sites for your own organization. In this example, the site is optimized to communicate your strategy and guide employees in how to express your brand in their work.

First, if you haven't already created a Communication site, check out the Create your site section in this article. 

Once you have your created your site and know how to edit pages, you can use the steps below to add the elements shown.

Sample modern Brand site in SharePoint Online

Number 1   Make discovery of content easy 

Quickly guide visitors with navigation. Learn how

Number 2 Set the mission

A text web part highlights the mission. Learn how

Number 3  Feature content

Emphasize ideas with the Hero web part. Learn how

Number 4  Display topical news

Show the latest news. Learn how

Number 5  Offer important links

Show related resources with Quick links. Learn how

Number 6  Call-to-action

Combine web parts to increase impact. Learn how

Create your site

To make a site like the one shown here, you'll create a Communication site. To do this, click Create site from the SharePoint start page (or, if you're going to associate this site with a Hub site, navigate to the hub site and click Create site there so that the communication site is automatically be associated with that hub site).

Create Site command

Next, choose Communication site, and then the Topic layout. Fill out your site name, description, and other information, and click Finish.

Create a SharePoint communication site

For more details, see Create a communication site in SharePoint Online.

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Create clear and useful navigation

Make your site easy to get around so users can find what they're looking for, or to help users discover more content.

Navigation bar

Click Edit to the right of the top menu, hover over the location in the menu where you want to add a link, and click +. Then add the type of link, your link, and a name to display in the navigation bar in the Add a link dialog box. Want to reorder your navigation links? Just drag them into the position you want. Learn more about how to customize the navigation on your SharePoint site.

Add a URL link to the left navigation of a SharePoint team site

Mega menu

When a communication site is associated with a hub site, site owners can quickly and easily customize the organization and navigation of a  SharePoint site. Learn what you need to know about mega menus in Create a mega menu in hub sites.

Example of MegaMenu navigation for a modern Brand site in SharePoint Online

Clicking Edit on the top menu opens a three-level outline list on the left. The example site uses only two of three possible levels on its mega menu: the main menu and a sub menu.

  • Click the control on the right of the item name to set the item's link and outline level.

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Manage sections and web parts

Start editing by clicking Edit on the top right of the page.

Edit button on Page top bar

While editing, on the left, below the header your drafts can be saved for later or discarded.

Top bar of a page

The + symbol before or after a section will add a section using one of several layouts.

Section layouts

Sections make up your page, and are you place one or more web parts. While editing the page, each section will show controls to edit the layout, move, or delete the sections. For information on working with sections, see Add or remove sections and columns on a page.

Control to add a section.

Click the plus symbol SPO Plus sign in a section, which may appear before or after a web part in a section, to see the many types of web parts available. For more information on all web parts, see Using web parts on SharePoint pages.

Web part toolbox

Web parts may be edited, moved or deleted within sections. The Edit web part icon opens detailed controls unique to each web part type.

Web part tools.

When your page updates are ready, click Publish to make them visible to everyone in your organization who has permissions to view the content.

Publish button on Page top bar

Tip: To manage all of your pages on the site, click Pages on the top menu.

For more details on using pages, see Create and use modern pages on a SharePoint site.

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Add formatted text with the Text web part

For more details on using the Text web part, see Add text and tables to your page with the Text web part

Enhance the message

The example site creates a balance of text and imagery using several different web parts. At its core, the site is designed to inspire visitors to adopt branding guidelines and provide the tools needed to follow through.

Layout matters

The first section of the page uses the section layout tools with a Text web part to create impact by enforcing white space to the right of the mission statement.

Refined typography

The Text web part builds on style of the built-in site template. The Text web part is using the Normal text style. Clicking the control at the right end of the formatting toolbar offers additional options to the right of the web part.

In this example, the web part is in a two-column section.

Sample Text web part input for modern Brand site in SharePoint Online

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Focus on priorities with the Hero web part

Let your team know what’s most important with high-impact hero images, company branding, and important news. The initial impact of the site home page is created by large and eye-catching images of the Hero web part. The page uses the Hero web part in its Layers option.
 

Hero layout

Editing the web part presents layout options. The Layers option, such as the one shown above, sets each image as a layer with the image next to the title. Up to five layers are possible, so that you can use the web part to fill the entire page.

In this example, the Hero web part uses one layer and is in a full-width section.

Sample Hero web part in modern Brand site in SharePoint Online

Customize each layer

Options for adding a heading and a linked call to action allow each layer to be a the starting point for a deeper message.

It is possible to create an entire visual homepage with just the Hero web part using Layers.

For more details on using the Hero web part, see Use the Hero web part.

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Add important news with the News web part

Automatically collect news and timely content

The News web part provides controls to choose the News Source and Layout, and to Organize and Filter the content to keep the content topical.

For more details on using the News web part, see Use the News web part on a SharePoint page.

Refine impact with news layouts

Changing the layout will change impact a news feed has. Under Layout, there are five options to adjust how news items are presented. In this example, news stories are using the Hub News layout. The stories are presented side-by-side with three equal-sized images because only three news stories on the site are published.

In this example, the web part is in a one-column section.

News web part in sample modern Brand site in SharePoint Online

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Use color and icons with the Quick Links web part

The Quick links web part provides dozens of professional styles for links created from a few easy-to-use options.

Start with the six base layouts, then adjust by color and alignment. Optionally, you can add icons or text descriptions to increase the menu impact. In this site example, this web part uses the Button layout.

For more details on using the Quick Links web part, see Use the Quick Links web part.

Sample Quick Links web part input for modern Brand site in SharePoint Online

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Create call-to-action elements

The example site uses images to enhance the page look. It combines the Image web part with the Text and Quick links web parts to create a high visibility call-to-actions menu guiding visitors to key branding actions.

In the example shown below, the web parts are in the second column of a three-column section. For more details on using the Image web part, see Use the Image web part.

Sample Image web part input for modern Brand site in SharePoint Online

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Want more?

Get inspired with more examples in the SharePoint Look Book.

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