October 3, 2017

Differences between Communication Sites and Modern Team Sites


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Communication Sites
Modern Team Sites
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Communication Sites are a convenient way for broadcasting or communicating information to wider audience  
Team Sites are sites created for users to work collaborate as a team
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In Communication site, typically there are a small number of users and many readers
In a team site, most users contribute content and collaborate each other
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There are 3 designs (Topic, Showcase and Blank) available for Communication Sites to choose from while site creation
There are no different designs available for Team sites to choose from while site creation
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Communication Site are ready made from the get go for sharing information 
 Team sites are focused on Collaboration and backed by Office 365 Groups
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No shared apps are created automatically when communication site is created
 A shared Documents, Calendar, One Note, Planner tasks board, mailbox is created automatically when a new modern team site is created
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Office 365 groups are not automatically when communication site is created
Creating a Team Site automatically creates Office 365 groups
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Communication Sites are private by default 
Modern Team Sites are public by default
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While site creation, it does not prompt to add users/members to the site
While site creation, it automatically prompts to add additional owners, members
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Default top navigation (Home, Documents, Pages and Site Contents) is added when new site is created 
There is no default top navigation
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There is no left navigation in home page 
Traditional left navigation is created by default
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Clicking on “Home” in the top menu just navigates to the home page instead of displaying more options
 Clicking on “Site Name” link opens a small context menu showing options to navigate to Home, Conversations, Calendar, Files, Notebook, Planner and Members. Also, it shows the numbers of members, option to leave group
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There are no such options in Communication Sites
Team Sites show a summary of team members and a link to team conversations in the upper right-hand corner of the site navigation
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The security groups are the more traditional SharePoint groups
It is Office 365 groups for permissions in modern team sites

See Also
Communication Sites in SharePoint Online
Modern Team Sites in SharePoint Online Explained

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