What is a SharePoint Hub Site?
A SharePoint hub site enables you to organize your intranet by associating multiple team sites and communication sites together in SharePoint. Also known as “SharePoint hubs”, SharePoint hub sites provide common navigational structure, look and feel, and search across associated sites. You can use SharePoint Online hub sites in Office 365 to organize concepts, teams, divisions, or resources throughout your organization, making it easier to:
- ✓ Search across all associated sites
- ✓ Discover related content, such as news and other site activities
- ✓ Apply common navigation and branding across associated sites
SharePoint hub sites combine news and activities from your different associated sites and display the roll-up on the hub’s home page. This could potentially have a significant impact on the way you construct intranets and departmental sites within your organization.
The association can be changed whenever you like, meaning that making changes to the organizational structure will be as simple as adjusting a setting.
If you’re trying to customize SharePoint hubs or SharePoint online hubs to meet your organization’s unique needs, HingePoint can help.
Searching for Content Across SharePoint Hubs
News and activities from your different associated sites are combined. That means when you search from a SharePoint hub site, you’re seeing content on the current hub site and content on any associated sites in the results.
Users searching for items will only see results for which they have access to. This feature greatly simplifies the process of managing what information users can access.
Because of the navigation abilities of cross-site collections that have been lacking in previous SharePoint versions, we believe hub sites can be most valuable in an intranet scenario.
FAQs About SharePoint Hub Sites
What is a hub on SharePoint?
Hub Sites connect and organize content for different projects, departments, divisions, regions, etc., within an enterprise. Making it easy for people to discover relevant content including news and other site activity.
What can I do with my SharePoint Hub Site?
You can organize and distribute content through your company’s intranet by associating multiple team sites and communication sites together with hub site settings. With SharePoint online hubs, you can create organizational structures within an entire company using one central location, and;
- Intranet users can search content across company sites dictated by your settings
- Discover new content, such as updates and other site activities
- Apply common navigation for intranet users and branding across associated sites
Can I join one SharePoint hub site under another hub site?
No, you won’t be able to join a SharePoint hub site to another hub site.
Can a team site or a communication site be joined to more than one SharePoint hub site?
No. It will only be possible to join a site to one hub site at a time. It is possible to link to various unjoined sites in the top navigation. And it will be possible, within seconds, to join and/or unjoin a site as the business changes.
Can a hub site replace my current organizational portal?
Hub sites are designed to let you dynamically organize closely-related sites, bringing together similar projects, binding related assets, and presenting common activity. Customers with portals that include customization beyond the web parts and extensions that the SharePoint Framework currently supports are likely to continue using the SharePoint publishing infrastructure, which continues to be fully supported in both SharePoint Server On-Premises and SharePoint Online.
When should I use a team site? When should I use a communication site?
Your SharePoint team site lets you share content, knowledge, news, and apps with your group as you collaborate on a project. A SharePoint communication site lets you tell your story, share your work, and showcase your product across the organization.
Who can help me set up, develop, and optimize a SharePoint hub site?
If you’re trying to customize SharePoint hubs to meet your organization’s unique needs, HingePoint is here to help.
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