This session was presented at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities on November 3, 2012. To get the full context and see the slide notes, please download the slides.
Accompanying video demos are on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxSc1uqWwEXljBcsCYtUiPxvYBm_ePgfT
So your IT department has handed you a SharePoint site to administer for your team or project, but now what? How do you configure it? What types of content should you store there? How do you change the boring standard interface to something with a little more zing without involving a designer? How should your navigation be structured and what exactly do you put on the home page to draw traffic to your site? This class will walk through the basic steps that anyone constructing a website, regardless of platform, should take into consideration and how these concepts fit into the SharePoint world. Basic usability concepts will be introduced, along with some quick and easy branding tips that will make a big difference in the look and feel of your site, and you don't need to have any design or coding skills to implement them. Whether you've been given a blank slate or inherited a site from someone else, you'll come away with several ideas you can apply right away to improve the layout and design of your site, thus helping to increase user adoption. Many of the concepts in this class apply to any version of SharePoint, however all demos will be done in SharePoint 2010.
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