Add customization possibility to the new SharePoint Home page
Based on the new feature being now rolled out at large: https://blogs.office.com/2016/05/04/sharepoint-the-mobile-and-intelligent-intranet/
The new SharePoint Home page (landing page) is cool and we really appreciate the new look and feel.
The only issue is that we can not customize that Home page and place the different items based on our priority!
Based on what we have now:
It would be very interesting if we could place the LINKS on the right followed by the Followed sites!
Then we would have the Recents and Suggested sites on the left menu.
Basically being able to move parts from the left or right pane!!
Thanks and please vote for my suggestion!
We shifted our resources to delivering other great areas in the SharePoint product, and are no longer planning to bring customizability (in the near term) to the SharePoint start page.
Yacer Sellam commented
The global navigation is useless if you can't disable the SharePoint start page. Every admin has to either deploy an admin app that just takes users to the root site or deploy shortcuts.
Fix this long-standing issue that makes everyone confused about SharePoint and creates an endless stream of tickets.
The sharepoint button on portal.office.com does absolutely nothing besides create tickets. Please fix get your head(s) out of the sand and fix the usability issues of the platform.
The page that you go to from the min sharepoint button in the portal is absolutely useless and pointless. Sure it looks nice nd is well populated if you have been a user for a while. If you are a new user its confusing, really confusing because there wont be ANYTHING of relevance on that page.
It should be a choice to use this page, or to use the main Team page that is created by default at 'mycompany.sharepoint.com' you cannot customise the default page, but you can thankfully customise the Team Site to add all of the relevant sites into.
Come on Microsoft, sort this out. There is no way that this 'default' page came from a user request,
Could also be good if we could identify what is behind each SharePoint site displayed on the welcome Sharepoint page.
SharePoint site could be associated to Teams, to private channel in Teams, to Yammer communities etc... and this is hard to identify the link between all those services !
Bill Burke commented
@Anonymous The SharePoint Starter Kit (Github) has a "My Followed Sites" web part that may give you what you are looking for.
Is there some way to control the home page of SharePoint.
I follow my projects and want to see them front and center in the same order. Right now SharePoint gives News sites, Frequent site and Suggested sites. I want to have my home page show my followed sites first. I don't really care about the other sites when looking to access my project data. Even the News from sites neve r goes away once . The only way it stops appearing is when the author to remove the post I want to be able to delete these from my view once I have read them
If I open the Following site tab on the right i see the sites I am following however SharePoint always list the projects in some random order. I want this to be consistent, or even changeable at my discretion.. eg. Alphabetical, last date ..
The way it is set up now really make it confusing and a waste of my time searching though and unorganized list.
Florian Wobee commented
The original post is linking to a blog from 4 years ago, do you think you have enough information yet on what users and admins want?
Admins need to be able to control the landing page and web site experience. Please move this to "working on it" soon.
Please make this an option! It is very confusing for my new users.
Please also add a 'Sites that I'm a MEMBER' - A couple of other posters have suggested the inclusion of sites a user is 'has access' to, but this isn't all that helpful in organisations where most SharePoint sites can be accessed 'read only' by all users. Including a group that provides access to sites people are members of (aka on which they have 'edit' access) would move the SharePoint page toward being something like an 'author dashboard' This is a really important user need in the Modern, multi-site collection approach and quite critical where SharePoint is used as an organisational intranet portal.
i'd like to set my site pages new homepage as default.aspx page
Gerry Brimacombe commented
Or, make the news a right-hand column, or configurable.
arif rajan commented
Please do this soon
Lars Roth commented
Dear Microsoft, it's really great to have the possibility to replace the root site in SPO but this step is not complete. Because when users click on the sharepoint app in office.com or in the top level menu in SPO then they land on the old site "/_layouts/15/sharepoint.aspx". This is very confusing for end users and for sure it NOT want they want. So please go on an do it the whole way or leave it but this in the middle solution does not work. Thx
Being forced to sharepoint.aspx is just unbelievable. Users want to go direct to their SharePoint. I had to show this page to a IT director from a client... because he didnt believe in me that change a simple url in a office 365 tile was not possible. This a shame and the regular user dont understand and start do hate SharePoint Online. I was a happy guy back in the day with SharePoint Server.
At very least allow the global admin to decide if it shows y default for all users...
Rather than being able to customize the sharepoint landing page, I'd just like to see the following changes:
1. Get rid of the "news from your sites" area.
2. Don't allow a new post from this page
3. Allow users to "Pin" sites to the top
4. Separate the site list into these 3 categories; Sites I'm following, Sites I have access to, All sites (in alpha order, maybe in a list instead of tiles since they take up so much space).
We currently have a custom site directory which is a pain to maintain and we need to get rid of if we move from classic to modern. My hope would be that the SharePoint landing page could replace this.
Lacy Omsberg commented
Please get this done. It is so hard to get users to adopt O365 when they have this horrible interface that they are forced to work with when they hit SharePoint. We should be able to customize it for our company and the needs of our users. Example feedback from users is: "I hate the sharepoint landing page it just makes me want to get out of O365"
"This page is a mess and I can never find the home page"
"Why can't I add my own important information here?"
"Can we just hide that SharePoint button on the honey comb and in O365 it takes you to a useless page that just makes you lost?"
"Why is it so hard to find my SharePoint sites? The SharePoint link in O365 takes me nowhere"
Feedback from users. I have tried everything to redirect but I can't please fix this or adoption will never be good.
We need this to happen SharePoint team. There is no reason not to!
Please give us MUCH more customizability of the header, it would be nice to not only be able to choose small or larger header, but to even be able to remove it, as in most cases it's a waste of space, especially since we already have our logo in the Office theme header that sits on top of the SharePoint header.
Regarding to the ability to customization of the SharePoint Home, popular item is showed as :xxx is popular". But, based on the customer's contents, sometimes this statement is not appropriate (e.g. document is about someone's news of death). So, it's great to expand the range of customization to not just links, Followed sites, Recents and suggest, but also some strings.