Guided walkthrough: Creating a Training site for your organization

In this article, we show you elements of an example Training site to inspire you, and help you learn how to create similar sites for your own organization. This example site provides info about a specific event and guides the user toward learning and registration. It relies on visual impact to engage and motivate the visitor.

First, if you haven't already created a Communication site, check out the Create your site section in this article. If you need to learn how to edit and publish the page on your site, check out the section Edit, work with sections and web parts, and publish in this article.

Once you have your created your site and know how to edit pages, you can use the guidance below to add the elements shown.

Example Training site

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Image of the Training site landing page 1. Logo and site classification Customize your logo and classify your site. Learn how

2. Create impact Use the hero web part to visually communicate your value. Learn how

3. Guide users to key action Lead visitors to register or discover more. Learn how

4. Describe the event Use text to describe the "what" and "why" of the event. Learn how

5. Use images with links Increase visibility and link to detailed agenda pages. Learn how

6. Highlight detailed information Images can define areas of important information. Learn how

7. Show event dates Provide an event calendar so users can plan their schedules. Learn how

8. Add a map Use a map to help users get to where they need to be. Learn how

9. Provide on-page registration Add a form for easy registration. Learn how

Create your site

To make a site like the one shown here, you'll create a Communication site. To do this, select Create site from the SharePoint start page (or, if you're going to associate this site with a Hub site, navigate to the hub site and select Create site there so that the communication site is automatically associated with that hub site).

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Next, choose Communication site, and then the Topic layout. Fill out your site name, description, and other information, and select Finish. Then you'll get a template with the same type of layout as the example in this article.

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For more details, see Create a communication site in SharePoint Online.

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Logo and site classification

In this example, the header area does not contain any navigation because it is intended to be a "stand-alone" page. However, the header area does contain a custom logo, and shows a label indicating that the site is classified as "Internal Only." Site classification uses values such as internal, confidential, high business impact, low business impact, and so on. These values can pertain to sensitivity of information or to the life cycle of information.

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To learn how to change the logo and classify your site, see Manage your SharePoint site settings.

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Manage sections and web parts

Start editing by clicking Edit on the top right of the page.

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While editing, on the left, below the header your drafts can be saved for later or discarded.

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The + symbol before or after a section will add a section using one of several layouts.

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Sections make up your page, and are you place one or more web parts. While editing the page, each section will show controls to edit the layout, move, or delete the sections. For information on working with sections, see Add or remove sections and columns on a page.

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Select the plus symbol Image of the plus icon in a section, which may appear before or after a web part in a section, to see the many types of web parts available. For more information on all web parts, see Using web parts on SharePoint pages.

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Web parts may be edited, moved, or deleted within sections. The Edit web part icon opens detailed controls unique to each web part type.

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When your page updates are ready, select Publish to make them visible to your entire organization.

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To manage all of your pages on the site, click Pages on the top menu.

For more details on using pages, see Create and use modern pages on a SharePoint site.

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Create impact with the Hero web part

Let your visitors know the focus of your Workshop with the Hero web part. The layout used in this example is Two tiles.

Hero layout: Tiles or Layers:

Editing the web part presents layout options. The Tiles option presents layouts for between one and five tiles. The Layers option sets each image as a layer with the image next to the title. Up to five layers are possible allowing one web part to create an entire page.

Each tile can be edited:

Use the Move item control on the left to rearrange the tiles within the Hero web part. Controls on the right allow you to Edit details adjusting the text and image used, Set focal point for the hover animation, plus Zoom in and Zoom out of the image.

In this example, the Hero web part is in a full-width section.

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For more details on using the Hero web part, see Use the Hero web part.

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Show event dates

The Events web part automatically displays event information. The events shown are controlled by filters for Source, Event list, Category, and Date range. Events can be shown with detailed summaries in Filmstrip view or in a Compact view.

In this Workshop site example, this web part uses the Filmstrip layout.

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For more details on using the Events web part, see Use the Events web part.

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Describe the event with the Text web part

The leadership drop quote and the Monthly Q&A descriptions use the Text web part. This web part allows basic text formatting for creating fixed sections of formatted text.

When editing text, this web part will offer basic formatting tools to set styles and add enhancements like bold and italics. Clicking the ... control at the right end of the formatting toolbar offers additional options to the right of the web part.

In this Workshop site example shown above, the web part is in a one-column section.

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For more details on using the Text web part, see Add text and tables to your page with the Text web part.

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The Quick links web part offers several easy to use menu formats for listing links to other pages or sites.

In this site example, the web part uses the Button layout for quick and easy reference.

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For more details on using the Quick Links web part, see Use the Quick Links web part.

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The Image web part places a fixed image on the page. Images can be photographs, diagrams, or even used to bring impact to text. Captions and alt-text keep images accessible.

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For more details on using the Image web part, see Use the Image web part.

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Add maps with the Bing Maps web part

The Bing Maps web part offers an easy visual map reference and quick link to allow visitors to plan their route to your workshop.

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For more details on using the Bing Maps web part, see Use the Bing Maps web part.

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Add forms for registration

If you created a form for registration using Microsoft Forms, you can place that form directly on the page with the Microsoft Forms web part. It's an easy way for attendees to fill out their information, and an easy way for you to collect it.

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For more details on using the Microsoft Forms web part, see Use the Microsoft Forms web part.

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Want more?

Get inspired with more examples in the SharePoint Look Book.