Change SharePoint Online Public Site to look like a SharePoint 2010 Site

In Office 365 : SharePoint Online, with all plans, we get a public facing http site. In P Plans its already created and in E plans its not created by default. You can given an option to create it.

But once the site is created/ready you will realise that its not completely SharePoint Site. It does not have the ribbon interface or any other look & feel of SharePoint.

Well... I found a secret way of making this public site get the look & feel of a normal SharePoint 2010 Wiki page.  🙂

Lets me walk you through the secret way 🙂

Step1 : Login to Office 365 Admin portal using and then click on Manage under SharePoint Online.

Step2: In the Adminstration Center, Click on Manage Site Collection.

Step3 : (this step is not required if you are using a P Plan) Click on New and select Public Web site.

  • Fill details in the wizard such as name, Time Zone, Administrator, Storage & Resource  Quota and click on OK.
  • Give it 1-2 minutes to get created.

Step4 : When you open the created public site, it looks as in the below screenshot. As you see it no where close to how SharePoint 2010 sites look like.


Secret Step : Now your public site url will be . Replace Pages/default.aspx with _layouts/settings.aspx and you will see the below screen.

  • Click on Site Features under Site Action
  • Activate "SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Features" and "Wiki Page Home Page"

Step6 : Go back to the public site and WOW!!... you see a SharePoint 2010 Wiki Site... a Public facing SharePoint 2010 Site....

Hope you enjoyed it!!.




Comments (1)

  1. Joao Ferreira says:

    Very nice article about public facing sites.

    I'm working with branding for the public facing sites, let me introduce our work, take a look at

    We have a tunning tool where you can fully customize a theme for SharePoint and besides being responsive the theme include a lot of features.

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