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Types of sites in SharePoint

SharePoint online is growing like a giant. The feature expansion is happening very fast. Apart from the old classic SharePoint, now there are a few modern site templates that SharePoint Online has today. Let’s look into it. So, this article focuses on all  types of sites in SharePoint Online.

The first three are the modern site templates which are widely used and we will discuss the old classic templates too:

  1. TEAM SITE WITH AN OFFICE 365 GROUP
  2. TEAM SITE WITHOUT AN OFFICE 365 GROUP
  3. COMMUNICATION SITE
  4. CLASSIC SITE TEMPLATES

TEAM SITE WITH AN OFFICE 365 GROUP

The team site linked with the office 365 group is used when a team is working on the same project or department and they need similar collaboration capabilities. You will be able to link apps like Teams, Planner, and Outlook into this environment.

Now let’s go ahead and look at how we can create one.

Click on the “+Create site” button and the two basic templates will be shown.

Create a name, group email address and site address and click on the finish button.

Now a team site with an office 365 group has been created.

TEAM SITE WITHOUT AN OFFICE 365 GROUP

The team site without an office 365 group is almost similar to the previous one. This team site is not connected to any O365 group. In this type of team site, you cannot link apps like Teams, Planner, and Outlook into this environment. To create this site template, you need admin privilege. Normal users cannot see this option.

Go to apps and click on SharePoint admin center

Now go to active sites and click on “+Create”

Go to the options at the bottom of the page.

Here you can see the team site templates  and additional classic templates under choose a template option . Create a team site without an O365 group.

The team site creation is now complete.

There is another specialty for this site. Finally, you can link this site to an office 365 group from settings. After connecting to a group, it will be converted to the above site and support apps like Teams, Planner, and Outlook.

COMMUNICATION SITE

Communication sites are normally used for one way sharing of information. Usually they are used to create HR portals or other collaborative environments for sharing information.

Checkout how to create one from a template.

Create site name, site address and click finish.

You can also choose a design from three available options.

CLASSIC SITE TEMPLATES

All the classic templates are also available to create sites. Modern templates and modern pages are more advanced , they have updated features and are widely used than classic templates.

You can also click on view more templates to see the additional available classic templates.

These are hardly used and may receive updates in future.

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