Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sneak peek at managed navigation for HUB sites

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One of the cool features of the new hub sites is that associated sites inherit the navigation of the hub. This means you have one place to configure navigation, and you don’t have to resort to any of the numerous custom solutions out there to solve this. Hub sites makes it very easy to create small hierarchies of sites with a common navigation structure.

A lesser known fact is that the hub navigation also support managed navigation, a popular way to configure navigation since its inception in SharePoint 2013, and something constantly asked for in modern sites.

This post will show that you can achieve it today, but you should probably wait until it’s properly supported.

If you want to test managed metadata navigation for hub sites do the following:

  • Create a classic publishing site
  • Enable managed navigation and pick a term set for navigation
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  • Register the publishing site as a hub site
    Register-SPOHubSite -Site https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/pub
  • Associate a communication site or modern group site with the registered hub
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Now watch the managed navigation from the term set showing at the associated site.

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Summary

While not officially supported, managed navigation is technically supported already today if you use a classic publication site as the hub. Of course, you might want to use a communication site or another modern site as the hub, and for production scenarios I would wait until Microsoft decides how to enable managed navigation for these sites before going all in.

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