Getting Started with Home Site in SharePoint Online

What is Home Site in SharePoint Online?

Home site in SharePoint Online is the top landing page for your organization at https://tenant.sharepoint.com/_layouts/15/sharepoint.aspx. The new Set-SPOHomeSite cmdlet sets a modern communication site collection as the SharePoint Online landing page for your organization! So when you click “SharePoint” from the tiles in Office 365 app launcher, you’ll be taken into the SharePoint Home branded from your communication site. Please note, It takes only the branding, Logo, navigation, and footer from the communication site, but the default SharePoint Home content like News, Sites, Events, etc., stays as is.

Technically you can set any communication site a home site, but making the “root” site of your tenant as the home site makes sense probably.

What’s Special About Home Site?

  • The SharePoint Home site can be used as a global search center to search among all SharePoint sites organization-wide. 
  • It acts as an enterprise-wide news portal that collates news from all sites. Also, it enables SharePoint mobile app experience for that site. 
  • Enabling home site adds home icon to your SharePoint mobile app. The mobile app gets updated with a home button on the Find tab Search box and that will take you to the organization’s new SharePoint Home site.

SharePoint Online Change home site

Follow these steps to set up a home site in SharePoint Online:

  1. Create a new communication site if you don’t have one already.
  2. Customize the communication site by adding theme, logo, navigation, news, etc. as per your requirements.
  3. Go to SharePoint Online admin center at https://YourDomain-admin.sharepoint.com/ >> Click on Settings >> Click on “Home site” link.
  4. Now, Enter the URL of the SharePoint Online communication site that you would like to set as a home site and hit save.
sharepoint online set home site

You can verify the changes by looking into the “Current value” column on the Home site link.

How to Set Home Site in SharePoint Online using PowerShell?

Make sure you have the latest version of the SharePoint Online PowerShell module installed. Run this PowerShell script to set the Home site in SharePoint Online. Log in as a tenant admin and designate any communication site to be the landing page for your organization, one home site per tenant.

$AdminSiteURL = "https://crescent-admin.sharepoint.com/"
$HomeSiteURL = "https://crescent.sharepoint.com"

#Connect to the Site
Connect-SPOService -URL $AdminSiteURL -Credential (Get-Credential)

#Set Home Site
Set-SPOHomeSite -HomeSiteUrl $HomeSiteURL

Once you run the above script, The Out-of-Box SharePoint Online starter landing page is powered by graph intelligence to get news, sites, documents, and items saved for later. All personalized items available for all users get replaced with the communication site design. It also adds a “My SharePoint” link to your existing communication sites, linking to the personal SharePoint start page.

To remove a Home site, use:

Remove-SPOHomeSite

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

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