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Build a Small Business Intranet

A SharePoint Online Exercise by Peter Kalmstrom

SharePoint iconIn the demo below Peter Kalmstrom, CEO of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions and Microsoft certified SharePoint specialist and trainer, explains how to create an intranet with three subsites for a small company.

The three subsites have a common navigation bar, but each has its own theme and apps where team members are able to share documents, photos, appointments and tasks. Each subsite also has three site pages.

Peter uses wiki links to create the pages, and he creates a site template from the first subsite, to create the other two. Finally he adds a video to the home page of one of the subsites.

Peter starts with a new, blank site collection, and this is the process he shows in the demo below:
  1. Create a subsite by going into the root site's Site Content >New >Subsite. Make sure you enable "Use the top link bar from the parent site".
  2. Create apps for photos, appointments and SharePoint apps icon tasks under the Site Content of the new subsite. Add the apps to the Quick Launch and enable Versioning for each app.
  3. Add three new pages to the newly created subsite by adding wiki links to homepage. Save and then click the links, and the new pages will be created.
  4. Save the new subsite as a template and include content.
  5. From the root site, go into Site Contents and create the two other subsites. Use the newly created template.
    SharePoint themes
  6. For each of the subsites, select a theme. Make sure the selected theme shows a Quick launch.
Now the intranet is ready for use, but in the demo below Peter also shows how to add a YouTube video to the homepage of one of the newly created subsites. You are welcome to have a look!  












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