SharePoint team vs communication site web part options

Depending on whether your SharePoint site is built on a team site template (has a left-hand navigation menu) or a communication site template (no left-hand navigation menu) you will have different options available for web parts to be used on your site’s pages.

Part of this may be because communication sites are not built on Microsoft 365 groups which are required for creating assets like Planner plans. The Planner web part requires its hosting site to share a supporting Microsoft 365 group. You’ll also notice a much more limited selection of third-party (non-Microsoft) web parts available in communication sites.

Note
Even though communication sites aren’t built on Microsoft 365 groups, you can use pre-existing Microsoft 365 groups to grant access/membership to your communication site.

These web parts help remind us of the purpose behind each template. Team sites are meant to be used for collaboration – therefore we see much more collaborative tools available in this template. Communication sites, however, tend to be more consumer-oriented and don’t typically need the third-party apps or collaborative tools to share their documents, news, knowledge, etc. with consumers.

Team sites have the most web part options, including many third-party options. The following web parts are unique to team sites:

  • Asana
  • Bitbucket (and Bitbucket Server)
  • GitHub (and GitHub Enterprise)
  • Google Analytics
  • Incoming Webhook
  • JIRA
  • Office 365 Connectors
  • Planner
  • RSS
  • Salesforce
  • Stack Overflow
  • Trello
  • UserVoice
Web parts available in a team site | Click to enlarge

There are currently no web parts in communication sites that are not also available in team sites.

In the following table, you’ll find all of the default available web parts, their descriptions, and which template(s) they’re each available within.

Web partDescriptionTeamCommunication
AsanaTrack projects from start to finishX
Bing MapsDisplay a location on a map using Bing MapsXX
BitbucketManage and collaborate on your code projectsX
Bitbucket ServerManage and collaborate on your code projectsX
ButtonAdd a clickable button with a custom label and linkXX
Call to actionAdd call to action text and an image paired with a clickable buttonXX
Code SnippetAdd a Code Snippet to the pageXX
ConversationsShow conversations from a Yammer group, user, topic, or homeXX
Countdown TimerCount down or count up to an important eventXX
DividerAdd a line to divide areas on your pageXX
Document libraryShow a document library from this siteXX
EventsDisplay upcoming events from your sites in a layout you chooseXX
GitHubManage and collaborate on code projectsX
GitHub EnterpriseManage and collaborate on code projects hosted on a GitHub Enterprise instanceX
Google AnalyticsGet Google Analytics summary reportsX
Group calendarDisplay a calendar from one of your Office 365 groupsXX
HeroProminently display up to 5 pieces of content with links, images, pictures, or photos in a highly visual layoutXX
HighlightsShow highlights of Yammer conversationsXX
Image galleryShow several images, pictures or photos in a gallery layoutXX
Incoming WebhookSend data from a service to your Microsoft 365 Group in real timeX
JIRAGather, organize, and assign issues detected in your softwareX
Kindle Instant PreviewShow a preview of a Kindle bookXX
ListDisplay a list from this siteXX
List propertiesConnect to a list web part on the same page and dynamically display a selection from that listXX
MarkdownUse Markdown language to add and format textXX
Microsoft FormsAdd a survey to collect responses or show resultsXX
Microsoft PowerApps (Preview)Show a custom app created with PowerAppsXX
My feedDisplay a personalized feed of content and activitiesXX
NewsShow news posts from one or more sites in a variety of layouts. You can filter news and target news to key audiencesXX
Office 365 ConnectorsConnect with other services to show updates and notifications from themX
Organization chartShow an organization chart (org chart) with structure and connections for a selected personXX
Page propertiesShow details about your page like date, content type, or custom propertiesXX
PeopleDisplay selected people and their profilesXX
PlannerShow and work with a Planner board or chartsX
Power BIDisplay a Power BI reportXX
Quick chartShow data in a simple bar or pie chartXX
Quick linksShow a collection of links in a variety of layouts with options for icons, images, and audience targetingXX
Recent documentsDisplay recent documents for the current userXX
RSSGet RSS feeds for your groupX
SalesforceBuild relationships with your customersX
Saved for laterShow the current page viewer’s documents and pages that they saved for laterXX
Site activityShow site activity such as files uploaded or edited, lists created, and moreXX
SitesShow important or interesting sites on your pageXX
SpacerAdd vertical space between areas on the pageXX
Stack OverflowAsk and answer programming questionsX
StreamDisplay a Stream video or channelXX
TrelloManage Trello cards and tasks all in one placeX
TwitterDisplay a Twitter feedXX
UserVoiceCollect new customer ideas, and track and respond to customers’ problemsX
WeatherShow the current weather in a location you chooseXX
World clockShow one or more clocks with time zones you chooseXX
YouTubeShow a YouTube video on the pageXX
A table detailing available web parts and in which site template you can find them for use.

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