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All Office 365 tenants created before April 2019 have classic SharePoint root site on address https://name.sharepoint.com.

Currently, you can replace this classic SharePoint site with the Modern Communication SharePoint site.

Classic SharePoint sites are something everyone would like to get rid of. Especially if that kind of site is located on the root address of Office 365.

Modernize SharePoint Online root site in Microsoft 365

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Thankfully now you have the possibility to modernize this site.

IMPORTANT! Do not remove this site! If you will do that all SharePoint sites will be not accessible.

Modernization of the SharePoint root site is based on the replacement of the classic site with the existing Modern Communication SharePoint site.

Requirements for the new top-level SharePoint site:

  • new SharePoint site has to be Modern Communication Site or Modern Team Site not connected to Office 365 Grup
  • root site cannot be connected to Office 365 Group
  • existing classic top-level site and new modern site cannot be a Hub Site or associated with the existing Hub

It is really worth to use the root SharePoint site in your communication plan or SharePoint site architecture. If you have a classic top-level SharePoint site plane modernization of it 😉

Modernize SharePoint Online root site in Microsoft 365
? AUTOMATIC MODERNIZATION
Microsoft announced that all not changed or customized root sites in classic mode will be automatically modernized for Target Release clients since March 2020.
? Announcement: Change description in O365 Admin Message Center

How to modernize top-level SharePoint site

To replace root SharePoint site with Modern Communication site:

1. Open Office 365

Open Office 365 site using https://office.com address. In Office site choose Admin button.

Modernize SharePoint Online root site in Microsoft 365

2. Open SharePoint Administration Center

When you will open Admin site choose Admin centers (1) and then SharePoint Admin Center (2).

Modernize SharePoint Online root site in Microsoft 365

3. Open New SharePoint Admin Center

In Admin Center choose Active sites (1). 

Modernize SharePoint Online root site in Microsoft 365

3. Choose SharePoint root site

Choose the root SharePoint and choose Replace site.

Modernize SharePoint Online root site in Microsoft 365

In the new window put the address of the existing Modern Communication Site. Please remember the requirements for the new site.

The process of replacement could take a few minutes.

Modernize SharePoint Online root site in Microsoft 365