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SharePoint PnP Webcast – Introduction to SharePoint Site Designs and Site Scripts

In this PnP Webcast, we concentrated on introducing the new SharePoint Site Design and Site Script capability, which enables you to modify the default out-of-the-box site collection provisioning logic in SharePoint Online. Site Design defines the configuration for the end users and also which Site Scripts will be activated when a new modern team site or communication site is created using the out-of-the-box experience. You can also configure a default site design, which is automatically applied to modern SharePoint site collections regardless from where they are actually created.

Site Designs and Site Scripts are currently in Preview status (January 2018) with an initial set of actions and capabilities. You can also extend the provisioning logic by associating a Microsoft Flow to be activated as part of the site collection creation. This enables you to further customize the provisioning logic as needed.

Presentation covers following discussion points:

  • Introduction to Site Designs and Site Scripts
  • Site provisioning flow
  • Anatomy of a site script
  • Supported actions – Status on January 2018
  • Extensibility with Site Designs

Webcast demo shows following things:

  • Creation of Site Design and Site Script
  • Using PowerShell to configure the settings in Office 365 tenant
  • End-user experience with Site Designs
  • Role of the Site Design and the Site Script – why there is one-to-many connection
  • Extending Site Design provisioning flow with Azure Functions or Azure WebJobs by using the Trigger Flow Action

Webcast presenters: Erwin van HunenVesa Juvonen

The presentation used in this webcast is available from new PnP SlideShare locations at https://www.slideshare.net/SharePointPnP.

Video on YouTube.

Additional resources

See following resources on the covered topics.

What is SharePoint / Office Dev Patterns & Practices (PnP) webcast series?

SharePoint / Office Dev Patterns and Practices

SharePoint / Office Dev Patterns & Practices (PnP) webcast series covers different patterns, practices and topics around development with Office 365 and SharePoint. The majority of the topics are valid for the Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises. Our objective is to release a new webcast weekly or bi-weekly with few slides and a live demo of the covered topic. All webcasts are published at the PnP YouTube channel with additional references to the existing materials.

PnP is a community-driven open source project where Microsoft and external community members are sharing their learning’s around implementation practices for Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises (add-in model). Active development and contributions happen in our GitHub repositories under dev branch and each month there will be a master merge (monthly release) with more comprehensive testing and communications. Latest activities and future plans are covered in our monthly community calls which are open to anyone from the community. Download invite from http://aka.ms/SPPnP-Call.

This is work done by the community for the community without any actual full-time people. It’s been great to find both internal and external people who are willing to assist and share their learning’s for the benefit of others. This way we can build on the common knowledge of us all. Currently, the program is facilitated by Microsoft, but already at this point, we have multiple community members as part of the Core team and we are looking to extend the Core team with more community members.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback around PnP program or this blog post, please use the Microsoft Tech Community (SharePoint Developer group).

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Vesa Juvonen, Senior Program Manager, SharePoint, Microsoft – 22nd of January 2018

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