The SharePoint Experience

It's not just a course - it's an experience.

The SharePoint 2010 Branding Experience

Chances are you found this class because you want to make SharePoint look like anything except for SharePoint. You may get hung up on the SharePoint part, but the key word is anything. Any branding, any layout, any number of design variations… this can all be done inside of SharePoint. You got the design and now you need the where and how. That is where the SharePoint Branding Experience course begins. This on demand course will show you how to rebrand SharePoint at your pace and at your convenience.

SharePoint Version: 2010

Author and instructor: Heather Solomon

Complementary course to the SharePoint 2010 Branding Experience:

* Please note that this is not a pre-requisite course.

Looking for a SharePoint 2013/2016 branding course? Please check out the SharePoint Branding Experience.

Key takeaways for this course

System Requirements

Course Syllabus

Introduction to SharePoint 2010

Don’t let the word “introduction” fool you. This is not regurgitation of what you could find in a help file! Walk through key components of SharePoint that make a difference when branding your site and what you should know and understand when working with SharePoint design. Topics include:

SharePoint Publishing

Easily one of the top things that organizations pay for yet never use, are the publishing features in SharePoint. Dive into the tools that SharePoint provides for web content management and walk through the essential components of a publishing site and how to create web pages in SharePoint. Review essential information, such as:

Welcome to SharePoint’s own editor, SharePoint Designer 2010

Set aside what you might have heard, SharePoint Designer 2010 is not that bad, and it has certainly come a long way since FrontPage. Get to know the recommended tool for SharePoint site manipulation, development and branding, including:

Introduction to master pages and content pages

Ah, the Shangri-La of SharePoint branding, the all encompassing master page. Deep dive into the key components of a master page and truly understand how it works with its partner, the often overlooked but very important content page. Also learn why you should NOT start with a copy of v4.master for your custom SharePoint branding. Main discussion points:

Semantic HTML, HTML5 and CSS

No, you don’t have to wait till the year 2022 to use HTML5. Really. And you don’t have to toss aside common web foundations and strategies just because you are using SharePoint. AND you can even use CSS out the wazoo to brand your SharePoint sites! The next section of class will set you up for a successful branding implementation. Topics include:

Master page creation and editing

Push up your sleeves and crack those knuckles, it is time to get busy with code. Next up is creating a master page file and applying it to SharePoint. Move on to manipulating the code and trimming out SharePoint components you don’t want to use while shifting the placement of those that you do want. You will be given several starting point choices, including a boilerplate master page that uses a CSS based layout, a student exclusive. In addition to moving code around, you will learn how to:

Brand a SharePoint site, from start to finish

It is time to make SharePoint not look like SharePoint. Through the use of a large collection of step-by-step screencasts, you can create the following customizations in a SharePoint site:

Taxonomy and content types

Joining publishing as a majorly underutilized feature of SharePoint would be custom content types. It is too bad since good taxonomy and well thought out content types can make or break a SharePoint implementation. Pause your branding efforts for a bit to learn more about content types and how to create them inside of SharePoint. And everything you do can be done in the web browser, or your new tool, SharePoint Designer. Understanding and creating content types is also vital to the final section of this branding course…

Page layouts for publishing sites

Now you are ready to create and apply a page layout – the ideal way to centrally connect and manage content in your web pages. There are a lot of steps in the process, starting with taxonomy and content types (which you just learned) and leading all the way to how to add web part zones to your page. Walk through all that and more in the final section of the course. Skills covered:

Bonus materials

The heart of branding SharePoint isn’t comps, colors or graphics… it is code. That is why the entire course focuses on how to read it, create it and edit it. However there are other components to the branding process so the following bonus materials are provided for your review: