In our previous installments, we have been building on the basics of a Communication Site to understanding how a Communication Site is created and shared. In this installment, we continue with adding, deleting and customizing the last four types of web parts.
Types of Web Parts
There are five different types of web parts, each with a specific function. These web parts include: News, Events, Document, Image Gallery and Hero, which was explained in Part 4.
1. News Web Part
The News web part that can be added to your Communication Site design. With News, you can engage your audience with interesting stories, important announcements, status updates and more with the use of high impact graphics and rich formatting.
Adding the News web part is very simple:
Now that your News web part has been added, you can now customize the layout for it. There are three possible layouts:
To change the layout:
Now that you have added and chosen the layout for your News web part, the next step is to populate it with content by creating news posts.
To create News posts on your published or saved page:
Sometimes, we create a new post but then for different reasons, need to delete it. Deleting a news post is as follows:
A unique and useful feature with the News web part is the ability to share your new post via email. The email will include the link to the news post, a thumbnail preview, a description, and the option to provide a message to one or more recipients.
To send your page via email:
3. Events Web Part
The Events web part is a great way to actively engage your audience. As it states, it announces events that pertain to the various projects, launches, and celebrations across the organization. It is a great way to share the successes of all the teams in the organization and helps to team build and boosts morale.
You can add an Events web part to your Communication Site design by:
After adding the Events web part to your page and having published or saved it, you are now ready to add events. To add an event:
4. Document Web Part
The Document web part allows you to insert a document file that can originate from Word, Excel, Visio or PowerPoint. The starting page of the document is seen inside a frame by the user, but the user will be able to scroll down and/or download the document.
To add a Document web part:
5. Image Gallery
Share collections of images on a page in the Image Gallery. Images can either appear in tile form or in carousel form, which shows one photo at a time with a new photo replacing the previous on a timer.
To add the Image Gallery web part:
You are now able to determine what type of site to create (Team vs. Communication) based on your audience, create a new Office 365 Communication Site, discern between the five different types of web parts, modify your site with the addition of, deletion of and customization of the web parts on your site, and, finally, share your Office 365 Communication Site with those in your organization. Through your Communication Site, you will be able to keep those in your organization informed of announcements, upcoming events, celebrations, information sessions, people information and so much more!