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Site Design & Site Script with the Modern SharePoint Experience

Powell 365 recently integrated the Microsoft Site Design & Site Script features to give customers a new way to manager their SharePoint sites. Powell Software CTO, Fred LePors talks about how this is a game changer for SharePoint end-users.

 Over the past year, Microsoft has invested a lot in ‘modernizing’ SharePoint with the release of a new development framework: SPFx and modern team sites, communication sites and upcoming hub-sites. This new architecture and UX answer first to an urgent need to catch up with market standards in terms of user experience and development practices.

SharePoint Site Design & Site Script

Now, Microsoft is releasing the Site Design feature that, in my opinion, is a true game changer in how people are going to use SharePoint.

Site Design Script with the Modern SharePoint Experience

This Site Design feature can significantly change how we think about SharePoint for the coming years. I personally think that this simple feature is the most impactful capability released since the launch of SharePoint Online.

The end users can now create and deploy a new site based on a pre-defined template in one click on-demand and they can edit it simply with the modern UI! What a change compared to the old SharePoint experience whose complexity prevented consultants, like me, to let any end-user create their sites themselves! Consultants can now hand over the SharePoint intranet to the end-users. With the Site Design feature, the end-users get a lot of autonomy. They are the right people to define what they need!

Also, with the flat structure approach (one site collection = one site), the intranet team doesn’t need to spend weeks over-designing the portal structure. You can start small with just a couple of business requirements. It is so fast with a few site templates available on the SharePoint homepage. You will always be able to reorganize the sites afterwards, when needed, with the upcoming hub site feature or with a solution like Powell 365 which offers cross-site collection navigation.

The intranet project managers and support teams can now play a real role of “innovation enablers”. They can encourage the users to try and validate the configuration they need, advise them and finally industrialize relevant business functionalities that will be easily managed and updated overtime.

Integration of Site Design & Site Script within Powell 365

Last year, Powell 365 fully embraced SPFx and the SharePoint modern experience. Our intranet software can design any kind of SharePoint sites (modern team sites, communication sites and of course publishing sites) in order to deliver a full-fledge compelling Digital Workplace experience.

Today, we are excited to fully integrate the Site Design feature within our SharePoint Designer tool: Powell Manager.

Site Design Script with Powell 365

Powell Manager is a SharePoint designer. Design your SharePoint templates and Office 365 Groups templates and make them available to your end-users in a few clicks with the site design feature. Whether your strategy is to use exclusively SharePoint standard functionalities or to integrate SPFx custom developments or to leverage Powell 365’s web parts and features, Powell Manager enables to make the most of the Site Design features by delivering turn key templates and managing them over time.

In a nutshell, the Site Design feature is a true game changer in how end-users are going to use SharePoint in the future. Powell Manager takes it one step further by simplifying the design and regular site template updates.  We help you make the most of this great new SharePoint feature.

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