Set Up an Intranet with SharePoint Online's Publishing Template

SharePoint Online’s publishing template is designed for organizations with authorized team members with no programming skills that are charged with keeping the intranet’s content current through the web browser. The default starter publishing site template includes a home page, a press releases subsite, a Search Center, preconfigured document libraries and lists, and tagging tools (I Like It and Tags and Notes).

Workflows are preconfigured for the template to route content for approval prior to publication.

To set up the intranet with the publishing portal template, you need to have Global Administrator privileges. If you don’t have the right privileges, ask your system administrator to do the following steps:

  1. On the Microsoft Online Portal, click Manage below SharePoint Online.

  2. Click Manage site collections at the Administration Center page to display the dashboard.

  3. Click New under the Site Collections menu and select Private Site Collection.

  4. In the New Site Collection dialog box, enter the title and URL of your intranet site.

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  5. Below Select a template, click the Publishing tab and select Publishing Portal.

  6. Enter the time zone, the primary administrator’s name (you), the storage limit, and the resource usage quota (4GB maximum).

  7. Click OK.

SharePoint Online comes with a preconfigured SharePoint site, which serves as the default Team Site. If you have the authority to do so, you can set your newly created intranet as the default Team Site with the following steps:

  1. On the Microsoft Online Portal, click Manage below SharePoint Online.

  2. Click Manage site collections at the Administration Center page.

  3. Select the site from the list of site collections in the SharePoint Online Administration Center.

  4. Select Settings and then select Set as Default Site.

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