Microsoft 365 – SharePoint Online – Configuring Theme, Header, Navigation, and Footer of a Communication Site

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In previous article discussed about SharePoint Online Communication Site and its features. If you miss the article please go through it, it will help to start from here.

Microsoft 365 – SharePoint Online – Exploring Communication Site (Previous Article)

https://knowledge-junction.com/2022/03/06/microsoft-365-sharepoint-online-exploring-communication-site/

Today I am going to discuss about how to customize the Theme, Header, Navigation, and Footer of a Communication site in this article.

So without getting late, lets get started with Communication Site.

Background

A SharePoint Communication site is a great place to broadcast information to others. Share news, reports, status updates, and more in a visually appealing format. Use communication sites to engage and inform broad audiences. Create portals, department, or project-specific sites.Showcase stories, spotlight topics, and broadcast news and events to audiences across your organization.Communication sites often have a few site owners and members that help manage and update site content, and many site visitors that view content.

Create Communication Site

How to customize the Theme of a site in SharePoint Online

  • Click the Gear/Settings icon in right side corner of the top bar.
M365 SharePoint Site gear icon
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site gear icon
  • In settings, Select Change the look
M365 SharePoint Site look change
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site look change
  • In Change the look, Select Theme
M365 SharePoint Site theme
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site theme
  • Now check the SharePoint themes which one to apply to the Site.
M365 SharePoint Site Themes
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Themes
  • Also customize the theme colors by click on customize.
M365 SharePoint Site Theme Color Customize
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Theme Color Customize
  • Now Select the main color and accent color and click on save.
M365 SharePoint Site Theme Colors Apply
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Theme Colors Apply
  • Select the desired site theme and click on save.
M365 SharePoint Site Theme Apply
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Theme Apply
  • Now the look of the site will change accordingly.

How to customize the Header of a site in SharePoint Online

  • Click on Gear icon -> select Change the look -> select Header.
M365 SharePoint Site Header
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Header
  • Click on Layout, select Minimal. See the Header changes on layout selected.
M365 SharePoint Site Header Minimal Layout
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Header Minimal Layout
  • Click on Layout, select Compact. See the Header changes on layout selected.
M365 SharePoint Site Header Compact Layout
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Header Compact Layout
  • Click on Layout, select Standard. See the Header changes on layout selected.
M365 SharePoint Site Header Standard Layout
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Header Standard Layout
  • Click on Layout, select Extended. See the Header changes on layout selected.
M365 SharePoint Site Header Extended Layout
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Header Extended Layout
  • Click on Background, here select the theme color. See the Header changes on color selected.
M365 SharePoint Site header background color
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site header background color
  • Click on Background, here select the theme image (optional). See the Header changes on image selected. This image option appears only in header extended layout.
M365 SharePoint Site header background image
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site header background image
  • Click on Display, here select Site title visibility – on/off, Site logo thumbnail – change/remove, Site logo – change/remove and logo alignment – left/center/right.
  • Click on Save to apply the changes to the Header.
M365 SharePoint Site Header Display
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Header Display

How to customize the Navigation of a site in SharePoint Online

  • Click on Gear icon -> select Change the look -> select Navigation.
M365 SharePoint Site Navigation
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Navigation
  • In Navigation, here choose site navigation visibility on/off mode.
  • On site navigation visibility off mode, the navigation bar doesn’t appear in the Header.
M365 SharePoint Site navigation visibility off mode
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site navigation visibility off mode
  • On site navigation visibility on mode, the navigation bar will shows in the Header.
M365 SharePoint Site navigation visibility on mode
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site navigation visibility on mode
  • In Navigation choose Menu style as Mega menu/Cascading and click on Save.
M365 SharePoint Site Navigation Menu style
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Navigation Menu style
  • To customize the Navigation click on edit in the Navigation.
M365 SharePoint Site Navigation Edit
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Navigation Edit
  • Click on (+) symbol to add link/label to Navigation.
M365 SharePoint Site Navigation add link or label
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Navigation add link or label
  • To add, choose an option – link/label, give the address, display name and click on Ok.
M365 SharePoint Site Navigation add link or label details
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Navigation add link or label details
  • The link/label can be edit, move up, move down remove, make sub link, or remove.
M365 SharePoint Site Navigation add link or label edit options
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Navigation add link or label edit options
  • Enable site navigation audience to targeting on/off. Click on Save.
M365 SharePoint Site save Navigation changes
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site save Navigation changes
  • Now link/label will add to the navigation accordingly.
M365 SharePoint Site link or label added in Navigation
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site link or label added in Navigation

How to customize the Footer of a site in SharePoint Online

  • Click on Gear icon -> select Change the look -> select Footer.
M365 SharePoint Site Footer
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Footer
  • In Footer, here choose enable on/off mode.
  • On Footer enable off mode, the Footer will not show at the bottom of the site.
M365 SharePoint Site Footer enable off mode
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Footer enable off mode
  • On Footer enable on mode, the Footer will show at the bottom of the site.
M365 SharePoint Site Footer enable on mode
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Footer enable on mode
  • On Footer enable on mode, select the Layout as Simple/Extended, change the logo, give the Display name, select Footer background color and click on Save.
M365 SharePoint Site Footer changes save
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Footer changes save
  • To customize the Footer click on edit in the Footer.
M365 SharePoint Site Edit Footer
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Edit Footer
  • Click on (+) symbol to add link/label to Navigation.
M365 SharePoint Site add a link or label to Footer
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site add a link or label to Footer
  • To add link/label, choose an option – link/label, give the address, display name and click on Ok.
M365 SharePoint Site Footer link or label details
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Footer link or label details
  • The link/label can be edit, move up, move down remove, make sub link, or remove.
M365 SharePoint Site Footer link or label edit options
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site Footer link or label edit options
  • Enable site navigation audience to targeting on/off. Click on Save.
M365 SharePoint Site save Footer link or label added
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site save Footer link or label added
  • The link/label will add to the Footer accordingly.
M365 SharePoint Site link or label added in Footer
Figure : M365 SharePoint Site link or label added in Footer

Hope this article will help you to know about how to customize the Theme, Header, Navigation, and Footer of a Communication Site in SharePoint Online.

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Thank you for your support, will catch up with new article soon.

Keep learning and keep smiling 🙂

Thanks.

Khasim Shaik

SharePoint Developer at OS InfoTech

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