The recent announcement from Microsoft on modern page properties allows for a much better page editing experience. It will even allow for multiple Site Page content types in the Pages library, each with different metadata.
The Site Pages page library on both a SharePoint Communication site and a Modern Team site comes with the default Site Page content type. You can have multiple custom Site Page content types in the page library, this is nothing new, however with the new Page Details feature, we can more easily work with multiple content types through the UI.
To demonstrate, let’s say you have 2 content types in the Pages library:
- Site Page (the default)
- Adoption Page (custom)
Here is the Content type definition for the Adoption Page custom content type. I’ve added 2 custom managed metadata columns to it: AdoptionRole and AdoptionService.
This is a content type I use when building an Office 365 Adoption Center and is a quick way of organizing your modern pages by role and Office 365 service. Please refer to my blog post series for more details: Setup Targeted Training on Office 365 Adoption Center
If you want to create a new Adoption Page, you have 2 choices. You can either click New… Adoption page from the ribbon on the Site Pages library (left image below) OR if you’ve already created an Adoption Page, while on the page you can click New…copy of this page from the ribbon on the page (right image below).
If you choose the second option above, the copy will retain the content type definition (including all custom columns and their values) from the page being copied. You can open up the Page Details to make modifications. Check it out in this quick video…
Note: you cannot change the content type from the Page Details pane.
For those of you building out sites using modern pages, this is great news. The ability to have multiple content types in the pages library allows for more robust solutions to be built and the new Page Details feature makes it easier for information workers building modern pages to work with them.
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