What is a SharePoint hub site?

Applies to: SharePoint Online Office for business.

SharePoint hub sites help you match the needs of your organisation by connecting and organising sites based on project, department, division, region, etc. making it simpler to:

  • Discover related content such as news and other site activities
  • Apply common navigation, branding, and site structure across associated sites
  • Search across all associated sites

SharePoint administrators affect how many hub sites can be created in your organisation, who can associate sites with each hub site, and whether associating a site to a hub requires approval. Planning your SharePoint hub sites will guarantee you get the most out of using hub sites.

Notes: 

  • 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.

In this article: 

Image of a hub site home page

Screenshot of a hub site with an additional hub navigation

Shared hub navigation

At the top of a hub site and any associated sites is the hub site navigation bar. If you are the hub site owner, you can customise this navigation bar and can choose to use the mega menu layout. 

Hub navigation is highlighted

Search across the hub

After you search from a SharePoint hub site, content on the hub site itself and from any associated sites are captured in the search results. Viewers will solely see content for which they have access to.

Search results on a SharePoint hub site

Recommended web parts

Once a SharePoint administrator produces a hub site, they’re transforming an existing SharePoint site to a hub site. A hub site navigation bar will emerge at the heading of the site, but the home page and all site contents will remain untouched.

To maximise the value accomplished from your hub site, the site’s owner can add the following web parts to the home page:

News roll-up   

News published on a hub site and on any associated sites is promptly aggregated and displayed on the home page of the hub site by using the News web part. You can select which associated sites illustrate news on the hub site home page and viewers will only see news for sites they have access to. Picking a news article link transports you to the site on which the article was published.

SharePoint hub site news

Associated sites   

Present the most active sites associated with the hub site on the home page by using the Sites web part.

Top sites associated with a hub site

Highlighted content   

Use the Highlighted content web part to energetically present content from sites associated with the hub site on the home page.

Example of highlighted content on a page

Events   

Use the Events web part to dynamically showcase events from sites associated with the hub site on the home page.

Events

Hub site security

Sites associated with a SharePoint hub site seldom acquire the permissions of the hub site or any other sites connected with it. Each site, even the hub site, will sustain their current permission settings.

Associating sites to a hub site

There are two methods to create sites to a hub site.

You can design a new site that is autonomously related to your hub site by selecting Create site in the top right corner of the hub site.

Or, current sites can associate to a hub site through an approved association flow. Hub site owners can set up your SharePoint hub site to instantly evaluate requests for sites preceding the association occurring. 

Ready to create a SharePoint hub site or associate a SharePoint site with an existing hub site?

Planning your SharePoint hub sites

Create a hub site in SharePoint Online

Set up your SharePoint hub site

Associate a SharePoint site with a hub site

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