Associate a SharePoint site with a hub site

Applies to: SharePoint Online.

A SharePoint hub site links together sites based on a project, department, division, region, etc. Associating a SharePoint site with a hub site makes it easier for users to discover related content, news, and site activity across all associated sites.

Important: Users will only see content, news, and site activity for which they have permissions.

If you are the SharePoint site collection administrator, you can associate an existing site with a SharePoint hub site. After you associate your site with a SharePoint hub site, it will adopt the look (theme) of the hub site, the hub site navigation bar will surface at the top of your site, and further features or settings could be applied such as additional navigation links, applications, or custom lists with specific columns.

Note: You can also associate a SharePoint site with a hub site at the time you create it by going to the hub site and clicking Create site in the top right corner of the hub site.

SharePoint site associated with a hub site

Note: You will not be able to edit the theme of your site once you’ve associated it with a SharePoint hub site.

To associate a SharePoint site with a hub site

Notes: 

  • You must be the site collection owner to perform these steps. Only site collections can be associated to a hub site, sub-sites inherit the hub association of its parent site collection. 
  • Some functionality is introduced gradually to organisations that have set up the targeted release options in Office 365. This means that you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.
  1. On your site, pick Settings Settings for SPO Migration tool and then choose Site information.

  1. In the Edit site information panel, below Hub site association, pick the hub site with which you want to associate your site and then press Save. You can only choose one hub site with which to associate your site.

  1. If the hub requires approvals, the site will be associated whenever the request is approved. Rejecting the association request will avoid associating the site with the hub site.

  1. Once associated, your site’s outlook will transform to a consistent theme with that of the hub site and the hub site navigation bar will display at the top.

Note: If the Hub site association option is not present or no sites are listed there, hub sites may not be enabled or you may not have permission to associate sites with a hub site. Contact your administrator for more information.

Associate to a hub view in the site information panel

Stop inheriting hub permissions

Once you associate your site to a hub site, if you conclude that you no longer want your site to inherit permissions from the hub, you can adjust these settings.

1. On your site, pick Settings Settings for SPO Migration tool and then select Site permissions.

2. Switch the toggle to off.

Change associated sites permissions

More about SharePoint hub sites

What is a SharePoint hub site?

Create a hub site in SharePoint Online

Disassociate a SharePoint site from a hub site

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