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Create a SharePoint Intranet

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As a last part in our series PowerShell with SharePoint from Scratch, we offer some articles and demos where Peter Kalmström explains how to create an intranet with three subsites for three departments in a small company. The department names are added to a Departments array, which is the basis for most of the code.

The root site is a HQ site that we created in an earlier article. In the articles before this one, we have created Communication subsites, one for each department, we have added a common navigation for all sites and also a link to an external link and we have given the three subsites modern apps for photos and tasks.

In the demo below, Peter creates modern pages for Progress, Problems and Plans for the three department subsites. He adds this code to a forEach loop that runs through a Departments array and creates the common navigation and the apps.

However, first he makes the loop easier tor read by removing the code for apps and navigation and adding it to two new functions. In the forEach loop, he instead adds calls to these two functions.

function Add-Apps(){
    #Add apps
    Create-MyApp -ListName "Photos" -AppType PictureLibrary
    Create-MyApp -ListName "Tasks" -AppType Tasks
}

function Add-SubsiteNavigation(){
    foreach($DepSub in $Departments){
        if($Dep -ne $DepSub){
            Add-PnPNavigationNode -Location QuickLaunch -Title $DepSub -Url ($URL + "/" + $DepSub)
        }
    }
    Add-PnPNavigationNode -Location QuickLaunch -Title "HQ" -Url $URL
    Add-PnPNavigationNode -Location QuickLaunch -Title "Pedalling" -Url "https://pedalling.com" -External

}

The three new pages are created with the Add-PnPClientSidePage cmdlet, which only requires a value the Name parameter. Peter adds these commands to another function.

function Add-Pages(){
    Add-PnPClientSidePage -Name "Progress"
    Add-PnPClientSidePage -Name "Problems"
    Add-PnPClientSidePage -Name "Plans"
}

Finally Peter adds a call to the Add-Pages function in the forEach loop.

foreach($Dep in $Departments){
    $CurrWebURL =($URL + "/" + $Dep)
    #Connect to the department site
    Connect-PnPOnline $CurrWebURL 
    Add-Apps
    Add-SubsiteNavigation
    Add-Pages
}

Do you want more detailed explanations? Wait for the book, it will soon be published!




Download the script that Peter uses in the demo


In the next article, we will add progress messages to the code






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