SharePoint Saturday Boston #SPSaturday 3.4.09

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Information about SharePoint Saturday Boston #SPSaturday 3.4.09

Published on March 20, 2009

Author: kkhipple



My talk on branding slidedeck that I presented at SharePoint Saturday Boston (3.14.9)

Branding 101 Customize SharePoint with Kanwal Khipple

Company Information • New York based SharePoint Consulting Firm • Services: – SharePoint Consulting – SharePoint Training – SharePoint Hosting – Business Intelligence – Infrastructure

Speakers Kanwal Khipple SharePoint Architect SharePoint Delivery 416.873.7799

Agenda • What is SharePoint Branding? • Why Brand SharePoint? • Real World Examples • OOB Customization • Tools for Branding • SharePoint Branding Options • Customization with JQuery • Resources / Links

What is SharePoint Branding? SharePoint Branding is how you successfully apply a Company’s identity to a SharePoint site.

What is SharePoint Branding? • Images • Colors • Fonts • Logos • Styles

What is SharePoint Branding? • Banner • Navigation • Page Layout

Why Brand SharePoint? • Users don’t want it to look like a Microsoft product • Common look and feel • Ease of use

“Real World” Examples Hawaiian Air Website Case Study: How we did it

“Real World” Examples Energizer

“Real World” Examples Orange Country Public Schools

“Real World” Examples Paul Mitchell Website

More “Real World” Examples SharePoint Buzz Showcase Ian Morris’ SharePoint Listing

Do Not Brand Administrative Pages 1. Tuned and tested to ensure reliability and performance 2. Microsoft Updates can remove customizations 3. No support from Microsoft Support Services

Out of Box Customization Site Settings -> Look and Feel 1. Master Page 2. Title, Description, and icon 3. Navigation 4. Page layouts and site templates 5. Welcome Page 6. Tree view 7. Site theme


Master Pages / Page Layouts

Branding Tools 1. SharePoint Designer 2007 2. Visual Studio 3. Photoshop 4. Balsamiq Mockups 5. Notepad




Master Pages Three ways to build the custom master pages: 1. From scratch 1. Not recommended as SharePoint 2007 needs a few placeholders to be present in the master page or else the pages will not work. 2. From minimal.master 1. Not recommended for a collaboration intranet 2. You want to use OOB features and controls 3. From default.master 1. Recommended as it provides most of the collaborative controls already present on the master page 2. Master page does have a learning curve though


Branding for Scale Small to Medium implementations • Use SPD •There's no integrated source control support •Changes result in unghosting Medium to Large Implementations • Use VS •Feature Stapling •Combine OOB site definitions with custom Features

SharePoint / JQuery JQuery – javascript library that simplifies client side customization Limitations 1. Data Manipulation 2. Security 3. Client Environment 4. Browser Differences 5. Web Standards 6. Limitations


Advanced Topics • Page layout does not reference core.js • Tips for Enhancing the Accessibility • Customizing and Branding • Book: Design and build sites Community Projects • Accessibility Kit for SharePoint • Community Kit For SharePoint • SharePoint learning kit • SharePoint Features • Podcasting kit for SharePoint • SharePoint AJAX toolkit

Questions? Kanwal Khipple SharePoint Architect SharePoint Delivery 416.873.7799

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