How to Make New Pages in Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint is a powerful collaboration and content management platform that enables organizations to create internal websites called “sites” to share information and collaborate.

Within these SharePoint sites, you can create new pages to publish content for your users. Pages allow you to communicate ideas, share information, host blogs, publish news, create portals, and more.

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn step-by-step how to create new pages in SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server.

Benefits of Using SharePoint Pages

Before diving into the specifics on creating pages, let’s look at some of the key benefits:

  • Easy to use page editor – SharePoint provides an intuitive drag-and-drop page editor, making it simple for anyone to create great-looking pages. No coding or design expertise required!
  • Responsive design – Pages automatically adapt to different screen sizes, ensuring a flawless viewing experience on all devices.
  • Variety of web parts – Enhance your pages with out-of-the-box web parts for images, documents, videos, Power BI, forms, and more. Easily customize the layout.
  • In-place publishing – Changes to pages are instantly published. No need to manually publish each edit.
  • Permissions – Manage access to each page, allowing you to target content to relevant audiences.
  • Navigation – Add new pages to the site navigation so users can easily discover the content.

Prerequisites for Creating Pages

Before creating new SharePoint pages, make sure:

  • You have permissions to add and customize pages
  • You have editing access to the Site Pages library
  • A SharePoint site is already created

If you need to create a new site, see Create a site in SharePoint for guidance.

How to Create a New Page

Follow these simple steps to add a new page in SharePoint Online or SharePoint Server:

1. Navigate to the Pages Library

The Site Pages library hosts all wiki and web page content. To access it:

  1. Go to the site where you want to create the new page
  2. Click on Site Contents in the left navigation
  3. Click on Site Pages

Alternatively, you can navigate directly by adding /SitePages after your site URL.

2. Click New Page

In the Site Pages document library, click New > Page on the command bar.

SharePoint Create New Page

This opens a page creation form.

3. Select a Page Layout

SharePoint includes a variety of pre-built page layouts and templates to choose from. Common options include:

  • Blank – Creates an empty page to design from scratch
  • News – Displays news posts in a rich format
  • Events – Highlights upcoming events and calendar items
  • Image on left/right – Pages with images and text content

Select a layout that meets your content needs. You can change it later if needed.

4. Give the Page a Name

In the right pane, provide a page name. Some tips:

  • Descriptive names work best, summarizing the purpose
  • Keep it simple – long names affect the URL
  • Use a title case capitalization style

SharePoint will generate a URL based on the page name.

5. Add Page Content

The main editing area lets you add rich content using web parts. Insert anything from text, images, Power BI reports, and more.

  1. Click + to add a section
  2. Click + to insert a web part into that section
  3. Choose the web part you want like Text, Images, Documents
  4. Customize the web part properties

Repeat this process to design your page layout.

6. Finalize and Publish

When done with edits, finalize publishing so users can access it:

  • Click Publish to immediately publish
  • Click Save Draft to save changes without publishing

The page will now be live and discoverable from site navigation.

Tips for Creating Quality Pages

Follow these best practices when designing SharePoint pages:

Keep load times fast – Limit high-resolution images and complex web parts that may slow down performance.

Enhance navigation – Link to related content and sites to improve discoverability.

Use consistent branding – Match your company’s color palette, logo, and fonts for a cohesive look.

Write descriptive headlines – Well-written H1 and H2 headers help users scan content.

Simplify layouts – Too many sections or web parts can overwhelm users. Prioritize key content.

Test on mobile – Validate that pages render correctly on phones and tablets.

Check accessibility – Ensure text colors and contrasts meet minimum standards.

Next Steps

With this foundation, you are ready to begin creating SharePoint pages to share news, host content, publish blogs, and more!

Here are some additional resources to level up your skills:

I hope this guide gives you the knowledge to begin creating awesome SharePoint pages that engage your users and bring value to your organization. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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