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Corey Roth [MVP]

A SharePoint MVP bringing you the latest time saving tips for Ionic, SharePoint, and Office 365.

How to: Take your SharePoint Online Preview Public Web Site Online

Maybe, this was more obvious to other people but it took me a while to figure out.  When you first provision your Office 365 Preview Enterprise account, a public site collection is created.  It took me a while to find it at first because I was used to finding my public site collection at -web.sharepoint.com">http://<name>-web.sharepoint.com.  However, that didn’t work.  I went back to the site collections page and noticed that the public site collection is now at -public.sharepoint.com">http://<name>-public.sharepoint.com

SPOPreviewSiteCollectionAdmin

I tried that URL by clicking on it through the Site Collections page using http as opposed to https and what did I get?

SPOPPublicSiteCollection403Error

Now, I thought that was odd because I don’t remember things working that way.  I finally posted something and got a response from Microsoft.  The public web site collection run in offline mode by default and you must take it online for it to work.  To do that you must visit your URL using https as in -public.sharepoint.com">https://<name>-public.sharepoint.com.  Once, you do that, you will be prompted for authentication and you still see the starter site that looks like this.

SPOPPublicWebSiteNotPublished

You’ll notice in the top there is a link that says WEBSITE OFFLINE.  Click on that and it will tell you about taking your site online.

SPOPPublicWebSiteTakeOnline

When you click MAKE WEBSITE ONLINE, your site will get a confirmation screen.

SPOPPublicWebSiteTakeOnlineConfirmation

Click Make online and your site will be exposed via http and anonymous users will be able to access the site.

SPOPPublicWebSitePublished

Note, the new Blog link.  People have been wanting that feature for a while with SPO sites.  I think we’ll see a lot of blog sites moving to SPO now.  You’ll also notice a search box right in the master page.  No longer do you need to use hacks to get it to work.  If you can’t figure out how to get your public web site going with SharePoint Online Preview, hopefully these steps have helped.

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About CoreyRoth

Corey Roth is an independent SharePoint consultant specializing in ECM, Apps, and Search.
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