The State of “Modern” Pages in SharePoint Online

by | Jul 13, 2018 | Collaboration | 0 comments

Modern pages represent Microsoft’s updates to make SharePoint Online more responsive and browser-compatible.   As part of a staged reworking of SharePoint Online, Modern pages are still a limited set of functionality in existing SharePoint deployments.   In this blog, we will look at where Modern pages stand as of this writing.

One important item of note is that you can’t yet create a site using a Modern site page as the home page.

To create from the Site pages library, it must be in “Modern” experience or you can create “Modern” pages from the “Add page” dropdown in settings in Classic mode as follows:

You will then name the page within the page itself.  Once you have saved the new Modern page, there is another file in the library:

It is also important to note that if you change the content type from Site page, you cannot change it back.  So make sure that is what you want to do before making any modifications.

It is fairly easy to work with Modern pages and there are some great features available.  You can update the top content area image using web search:

You can have different layouts per “Section” which are easily changed via the Section layout tool:

There are also new web parts available for Modern pages as illustrated below.  Note:  list and library web parts are in preview:

Here is an example of a Content web part:

Finally, when you publish a Modern page, it has features to “promote” the page:

We will continue to provide updates on Modern pages as they become available.  In the meantime, if you have questions or would like to discuss any aspect of your SharePoint environment or project, send us an email at or call 630.832.0075 to start the conversation.  We are happy to help!