SharePoint: Comparison of Team Site and Communications Site

Note: Please note that some of this information is only applicable to UOmail users


In UO's SharePoint Online environment, you will have the ability to create two different types of SharePoint Online sites: 

  • Team Sites
  • Communications Sites 

Below are highlighted differences between each type. 


What is a SharePoint Online Team Site? 

Team sites are sites you can create to collaborate on content, share information, and integrate with apps within the Office 365 Suite. For example, you can use a team site to store and collaborate on files or post news and status updates. Team Sites can be connected to Microsoft Teams teams, and come with a group email address. For more information, see our FAQ and Team Sites.

What is a SharePoint Online Communications Site? 

A SharePoint communication site is a great place to share information with others. You can share news, reports, statuses, and other information in a visually compelling format. Communication sites can't be connected to Microsoft Teams teams, and they don't have an associated email address. For more information, see Communications Sites

Which type of site should I use? 

The type of site you use depends on your collaboration needs. Below is a table highlighting some of the features you will get with each type of site. 

Features Team Site Communication Site
Can store and share files Yes Yes
Can post news, statuses, reports Yes Yes
Group email address Yes No
Can connect site to Microsoft Teams team  Yes No
Site name prepended with "O365."  Yes No
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