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Branding SharePoint – Where to Start

Posted by workerthread on July 19, 2008

Even if you are using SharePoint or WSS for your in-house intranet, chances are you still want to make some changes to the look and feel of your sites.  If you plan to use MOSS as an Internet-facing content management system it’s likely that your requirements will be even more complex.

So where do you start if you want to tackle this subject?  Well, there really is only one starting point I think – Heather Solomon’s site and blog.  There is a huge amount of information here.  For example there is a CSS Reference Chart for SharePoint 2007, where Heather has documented the major styles used in MOSS and WSS 3, and has even recently added a “copy to clipboard” option for each style.  There are also Base Master Pages to download, and a series of articles on branding, the latest of which has some great info on customising web parts.

There’s a useful chapter in the Wrox book Real World SharePoint 2007 (which I’ve recommended before) on Customising and Branding the SharePoint 2007 Interface, written by Heather and Shane Perran.  Also I see that Wrox have another book out in September called Professional SharePoint 2007 Design.  The cover blurb for this says:

“This book is a quintessential addition to any SharePoint developer’s bookcase. It outlines all of the steps and considerations a developer should understand in order to design better looking and more successful SharePoint implementations”

so may well be worth looking at if you need to get involved in SharePoint customisation…

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