Series: Top Reasons for using SharePoint Modern Pages

Topics: SharePoint Intranet Portal

Written by Sajin Sahadevan

In this part of the blog series, I would like to highlight the top reasons to use SharePoint Modern Pages.

Without too much of an introduction, let’s move to the top reasons for using SharePoint Modern Pages.

Hope you enjoyed reading my previous blog on SharePoint Modern Pages. If not, check this out:

Series: Learn About the Latest SharePoint Modern Pages

In this part of the blog series, I would like to highlight the top reasons to use SharePoint Modern Pages.Without too much of an introduction, let’s move to the top reasons for using SharePoint Modern Pages.

  • Fast – As you know, the classic SharePoint pages are created on server and entire layout needs to be sent over to network for each page. This was how it was done in early 2002 that created bottleneck in the services and led to large network payloads.In modern SharePoint, most of the pages are created in web browser itself. Large blocks of SharePoint are stored outside SharePoint Servers and close to users worldwide (Content Delivery Networks or CDNs). It can be easily cached onto your systems so next time, when you open the pages, they are easily accessible as how you open a locally installed software. However, the content needs to be accessed from the SharePoint servers.
  • Groups - Classic SharePoint sites contains SharePoint lists and libraries for everything. But think about hosting a discussion board or calendar on a SharePoint list. Not a good idea, right?Most of our customers keep asking us about the Calendar Overlays. Why SharePoint Calendar isn’t the same as their Exchange Calendar. Well things have changed now, Modern SharePoint Sites are backed by an O365 Group i.e. it has an Exchange calendar, shared mailbox, OneNote notebook etc. in addition to SharePoint libraries and lists. This is a great deal because it allows you to work with all Outlook calendars, OneNote notes across all SharePoint sites and for your personal use too.
  • Flexibility – If you have noticed, the classic SharePoint is based on several small hierarchies that are known as site collections. Every site collection consists of a top-level site that can have child and grandchildren sites etc. These cannot be moved when companies come with structural changes. For example, we have two divisions, one is Global Infonet Inc. and the second is Dock 365 Inc. The product InstaExpense moves from Dock 365 Inc. to Global Infonet Inc. You are going to have a hard time reorganizing the divisions all over again as there isn’t an easy method to have these changes. But with Modern Sites, a cool feature called “hubs” is available for us where they are loosely connected. You can switch the product from one to another and provides the search, navigation of the second site. The URL doesn’t change so this way, your links or favorites do not break. With this process, SharePoint instances that have a flat structure with several single-site collections will be easier to change.
  • Site Appearance – This is a great advantage for the users. They will be happy with the results after using it. It may not look like SharePoint, but the usability is outstanding.
  • Mobile -  Everyone’s talking about Mobile responsiveness/Mobile dedicated apps these days. It is important that the SharePoint sites should be accessible on both mobiles and tablet PCs. If you have seen my previous post on iPhone X screenshots of Classic and Modern Page views, you will understand how frustrating it is to use Classic SharePoint on mobile devices. No more sideway scrolling on Modern Pages anymore!

Well, there’s more reasons I want to share for using SharePoint Modern Pages. Stay tuned for the next blog!

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