You have tolook behind the scenes to understand why SharePoint Online has its limitations, despite the extensive functionality. As part of the Microsoft 365 Cloud, SharePoint Online belongs to the Microsoft Evergreen model, which means that services running in the Microsoft Cloud are always kept up to date. Among the benefits of this system is that updates can usually be applied without interrupting operation, which guarantees security and stability.
But it also means that the scope for designing customized SharePoint Online sites will inevitably be restricted, as it would otherwise be impossible to ensure that updates are compatible. It follows, therefore, that designs can only be adapted to a limited extent or at least that this would take more than a few simple configuration steps. Nonetheless, things like customizing the color scheme, integrating a logo or selecting from a variety of display options will not cause any trouble at all.
Apart from that, SharePoint Online occasionally goes its own way in the Microsoft 365 Cloud when it comes to the provision of (standard) functions. At least the current iteration of the modern experience sites is – at first glance – missing some of the ‘typical’ features you may usually encounter in the well-known content management systems or on social network platforms. There are, for instance, no specific templates for blogs or wikis.
However, a closer look quickly reveals that these scenarios can usually be modelled very well in the modern experience sites within SharePoint Online. The content editor understands “Wiki links” and a comments function with enable and disable function can be used directly in the content pages.
If that’s not enough, Microsoft 365 also places a wide array of application services at your fingertips – but we will return to this aspect later on.