Set a site as your home site

A home site is a SharePoint communication site that you create and set as the main landing site for your intranet. It brings together news, events, embedded video and conversations, and other resources to deliver an engaging experience that reflects your organization's voice, priorities, and brand. You can set the home site in the SharePoint admin center or by using PowerShell.

Before you begin, make sure you've reviewed how to plan, build, and launch a home site.

Note

You can set only one site in your organization as a home site. The site can be registered as a hub site, but can't be associated with a hub. The first time you set up a home site, it might take up to several minutes for the changes to take effect. If you run the command again to switch your home site to a different site, it might take up to 2 hours.

Important

If the site you want to be your home site isn't currently your root site and you want it to be, first replace your root site with the site, and then make the site your home site.

Use the SharePoint admin center

After you create and customize the communication site that you want to use as your home site, follow these steps to set it as your home site.

  1. Go to the Settings page of the new SharePoint admin center, and sign in with an account that has admin permissions for your organization.

    Note

  2. Select Home site.

    Home site setting in the new SharePoint admin center.

  3. Paste the URL of the communication site that you want to become the home site.

  4. Select Save.

On the Settings page, the home site URL will appear in the Current value column.

Note

It might take up to 10 minutes for the change to take effect and the Global navigation and Set up Viva Connections options to appear.

Use PowerShell

Follow these steps if you want to use PowerShell to set your home site. To run this cmdlet, you must be a site admin of the site.

  1. Download the latest SharePoint Online Management Shell.

    Note

    If you installed a previous version of the SharePoint Online Management Shell, go to Add or remove programs and uninstall "SharePoint Online Management Shell."

  2. Connect to SharePoint as a global admin or SharePoint admin in Microsoft 365. To learn how, see Getting started with SharePoint Online Management Shell.

  3. Run Set-SPOHomeSite -HomeSiteUrl <siteUrl>.

    (Where siteUrl is the site you want to use)

Tip

After you set your home site, you might want to enable and customize the global navigation.

Remove a site as your home site

If you remove a site as your home site:

  • The Home button will be removed from the Find tab of the SharePoint mobile app.
  • If you enabled global navigation, the global navigation pane will be removed from the SharePoint app bar.
  • Search will be scoped to the site only.

To remove the site as your home site:

  1. Go to the Settings page of the new SharePoint admin center
  2. select Home site.
  3. Next to your current home site, select Remove as home site.
  4. Select Save.

To perform this task by using PowerShell, run Remove-SPOHomeSite.

The site will continue to be an organization news site. To remove it as an organization news site, see Create an organization news site.

See also

Watch: Build and launch a SharePoint Home Site: Tips and Tricks From The Product Team

Creating and launching a healthy SharePoint portal

Use and customize the The Landing template from the SharePoint look book