Office 365 Update: SharePoint site scripts and custom site designs

This week, we’ll begin rolling out support for SharePoint administrators to create and upload custom site scripts and site designs–alongside the previously released ability to manage custom site themes. The site designs are stored in a central, tenant-level gallery and can be applied to both team sites and communication sites. A user would see the custom site design as a choice during site creation after they click “Create site” from their SharePoint home in Office 365 after they select their site type. This custom site design is used to apply one or more site scripts for additional site configurations after the site is created.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 21038.

How does this affect me?
The new site design framework enables customers to create and apply additional site configurations programmatically through and after the SharePoint site creation experience—ensuring sites are configured correctly and consistently. We’ll be gradually rolling this out to Targeted Release customers in December and will complete the rollout in early 2018. This is an optional feature that has no effect on the user experience unless the site scripts and site designs are created. To create and manage these files, you will need to be familiar with using our REST and PowerShell APIs as there is no visual experience available yet.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
You don’t need to do anything. Please click Additional Information to learn more about these new features.

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