The State of Communication Sites and UI Customization in SharePoint Online

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As Microsoft has recently rolled out the new modern communication sites to First Release tenants as well as the SharePoint Framework (SPFx), we are starting to see the future of what custom intranet portals could become. These features are a great start for modern intranets, but we are still very early in their maturity. In this session we will discuss the realities of the current state of communication sites and what options you can expect for creating custom UI now and in the near future.​

Session Resources:

You will learn:

  • Intro to Communication Sites
  • Intro to SharePoint Framework (SPFx)
  • Creating headers & footers with SPFx Extensions
  • SPFx Web Part options for custom UI
  • Classic Mode options for custom UI & Intranet Portals


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About The Author
- Randy Drisgill is a Product Engineering Manager for the Cloud Office team at Rackspace and has more than a decade of experience developing, designing, and implementing web technologies for clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Randy is a frequent speaker at events such as Microsoft’s Ignite, TechEd, and SharePoint Conference and is co-author of the books, “SharePoint 2013 Branding and User Interface Design” and “Professional SharePoint 2010 Branding and User Interface Design” from Wrox. You can find Randy on Twitter as @Drisgill and at his blog (