With the wide variety of updated features available through Office 365, organizations can now create robust, beautiful intranets right out-of-the-box. In contrast to SharePoint classic sites, SharePoint modern sites have a clean interface, are responsive and adaptive to mobile devices, and offer significant performance improvements.
In the past, many intranets were built as a single large site collection with multiple levels of sub-sites underneath. The modern infrastructure can be flatter, with each department as its own site collection, but connected together through a SharePoint hub site.
Key features of a modern hub site — which make it an ideal starting point for an intranet — include:
- Cross-site navigation: consistent top navigation among associated sites
- Content roll-up: aggregated news and content among associated sites
- Consistent look-and-feel: a common theme / branding for associated sites
- Scoped search: search content within associated sites
Now let’s walk through the process of creating a new, modern intranet in SharePoint. (Note that for the sake of length and readability, we’ll be publishing this process in three parts here on the blog. The entire guide will be available as a handy download, however, once the series has concluded!)
To start, create a new SharePoint site using a modern communication site design.