OK, so you have made a good decision to shift from classic SharePoint to modern SharePoint! What next? We at ShortPoint do not provide any tool for migration however here we have a step by step migration recommendation and FAQs. 


Before we begin, we would like to highlight a few FAQs you might have:


Q: Which features will not be supported after migration?


A: There is a very nice article from Microsoft about it, please have a look at it.


Q: We have been using SharePoint and we have configured many sites and pages in classic, how can we switch to modern SharePoint experience?


A: Good news for you is Modern Site collections do support creation of classic pages as well. So we recommend (if you can) start by creating Modern site collection and copy over your classic page as a first step and later as a second step convert your classic pages to modern pages. This would give you phased approach.


Q: Is SharePoint Modern Experience stable?


A: Yes, SharePoint Modern experience has been released on August, 2016 and since then including many releases from Microsoft, Modern SharePoint has been much stable now. 


Q: Can we create same site template as we had in Classic SharePoint?


A: No, the complexities around site templates have been reduced a lot and now you have only following options to choose from;


  1. Team site - for team collaboration

  2. Communication site - for news, reports, status, etc.. sharing 


You have to decide how you want to migrate your existing Classic SharePoint site collection to a Modern Site collection. We recommend creating a modern communication site for your classic publishing site and team site for the rest.


Q: Can I switch back to classic from modern incase if our users find modern SharePoint experience difficult to use?


A: First of all, we do not recommend switching back from Classic to Modern. As explained earlier, it is not so easy to switch back to classic from modern (the process is same as switching from classic to modern). However, in Modern SharePoint you can still have everything classic so situation like this should never come. 


Q: We have done lot of design customization in our classic site (Master page modifications). How do we migrate it?


A: You cannot migrate your classic site designs (Master page) to modern site.


Step 1: Make a backup

In any case your source site collection or site is going to be in place so this is not very critical step but it is recommended to take backup of your content. Unfortunately, here also we do not have any direct method but here are few recommendations;


  1. There are many third party tools available to backup the site. If you have a large amount of data and you have used Lists and Libraries heavily we recommend to use this option.

  2. You can manually backup files. For more information check out Information about manual migration of SharePoint Online content

  3. Create an Office 365 support request (Yes, Microsoft can help you with that but do it much early before your planned migration)


Step 2: Perform migration (restoration) 

Again, here we do not have any direct way of restoration. We can perform it using any of the way below which are pretty common as backup


  1. There are many third party tools available to restore the site. If you have a large amount of data and you have used Lists and Libraries heavily we recommend to use this option.

  2. Manual restoration > For more information check out Information about manual migration of SharePoint Online content

  3. Create an Office 365 support request (Yes, Microsoft can help you with that but do it much early before your planned migration)