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    Getting Started with SharePoint Branding Getting Started with SharePoint Branding Presentation Transcript

    • Thomas Daly, tdaly@bandrsolutions.comPresented @ NYC SharePoint Users Group 4/6/2011
    • Who am I? A SharePoint developer who specializes in implementing designs and creating web components to enhance the user interface and user experience.
    • Outline What is Branding Planning What’s New in 2010 Tools & Supported Browsers Approaches to Branding Themes Master Pages Upgrading Demo
    • What is SharePoint Branding? Creating a visual identity in SharePoint Covers everything, from editing pages, webparts, css, master pages, themes, page layouts, jquery/javascript, xslt, CAML, SharePoint Designer . . . Why brand SharePoint?  Create a unique look  Maintain company visual identity  Create distinct web areas  Make it not look like SharePoint
    • Planning Intranet or Internet scenario Collaborational or Informational Determine Audience - target browsers, users, & screen resolution Existing company style or guidelines Custom Page Layouts Custom or 3rd Part Components Timeframe Approval Deployment
    • What’s New – Changes Less Table, mainly DIV based New objects – Ribbon, Dialog Boxes Increased Browser Support Utilizing Office Theme Engine Increase Standards Compliance
    • Tools & Supported Browsers Tools  IE Dev Toolbar (embedded in IE8)  Firebug / Firebug Lite  SharePoint Designer 2010  ColorPic  Multiple Versions  IE  Firefox  vmware, virtual pc, or virtual box Supported Browsers  Internet Explorer 7 & 8  Mozilla Firefox 3.6  Safari 4.04
    • Other Browsers & Tools Firebug Lite - Compatible with all major browsers: IE6+, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome; Chrome  Built in developer tool bar Opera  Dragonfly
    • No IE 6 Support 7 ways to tell your site visitors to upgrade
    • Approaches to Branding Basic  End User situation – none or limited knowledge of html or CSS  Updating theme, adding logo, selecting new master page. Intermediate  Requires – some ability to understand, write CSS, html  Modifying current MasterPage, adding some custom CSS Advanced  Create Custom Master Page, custom CSS.
    • Themes Set of graphics and cascading style sheets that control the look of your site. Uses Office themes (.THMX) 12 colors, 2 fonts
    • Themes 3 Approaches to creating/updating the theme  Existing theme can be modified in UI (Publishing Features)  New theme can be created in PowerPoint and imported  Microsoft Theme Builder Tool http://connect.microsoft.com/themebuilder
    • Theme Engine Attach Custom CSS – EnableCssTheming Enable custom CSS to see themes - /Style Library/en-us/Themable Capabilities – ref  Replace colors, Replace fonts  Recolor images - Blending, Tinting, Fill
    • Custom Style Sheets Link to your custom CSS in the MasterPage Upload the CSS to the site, via Alternate CSS (Publishing Only)
    • Master Pages Starter Master Pages – new term for Minimal Master Pages  http://startermasterpages.codeplex.com/  Includes 3 master pages: regular, foundations, meeting workspaces  Provides clean starting point for branding  Well documented for easy understanding V3 Master Page Support
    • jQuery’s Role in Branding Creating interactive web components Manipulating the DOM after the fact Add / Remove classes Adjust CSS styles Perform adjustments to page base on other criteria Add flare
    • Upgrading Branding Theme  No direct method Master Page  MSDN Article - Upgrading an Existing Master Page to the SharePoint Foundation Master Page http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee539981.aspx
    • Deployment Options Varies depending on your branding effort SharePoint Designer Based  Upload master pages, images, CSS, & scripts  Manual process per site Solution Based Deployment  Upload master pages, images, CSS, & scripts  Automatically activate theme, apply master pages, build out site components.  Repeatable branding application, programmatically across sites
    • Demo Theme  Create through PowerPoint, Import  Update through UI  Theme Tool Alternate CSS method Show V3 Master Page Support  OOTB v3.master  Heather base master page Show Starter Master  Apply Blank Master Page  Apply Customized Master Page Deployment  Feature driven deployment
    • Questions? Questions / Comments Contact information  Thomas M Daly  Email: tdaly@bandrsolutions.com  Blog – http://thomasdaly.net  Twitter - _TomDaly_