Customization and branding options in SharePoint 2010


Before you begin any significant SharePoint 2010 customization and branding, you need to make sure you do all the necessary planning. For example, know the goals of the business or department, the users of the site, and what they need. Do the necessary research, surveys, prototyping, and so on. It pays huge dividends.

As you get into the design, assemble your design requirements and scope. Create your design mockup, wireframes, graphics, and prototypes. One such tool that can be great for site wireframes is Visio 2010 with its many templates, art, and stencils.

For more information on planning, I’ll make my first of many references to the article, Real World Branding with SharePoint 2010 Publishing Sites by SharePoint MVPs Andrew Connell, and Randy Drisgill.

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Tools to Customize and branding SharePoint 2010

  • Browser – Using the SharePoint interface itself (what we commonly refer to as the ‘browser‘), you can change and customize pages, navigation, themes, global settings, and more. There’s a lot to be said for the options in the browser, especially the ribbon commands that are available to each page, allowing you to add and change text, images, Web Parts, and more. In addition to this, you have a site settings page for each site and a site collection settings page for each site collection, allowing you to make numerous global changes to the site. Be sure you exhaust all of your options in the browser before moving to the next step.

  • SharePoint Tools – SharePoint tools include programs like SharePoint Designer 2010, InfoPath 2010, and Office Professional 2010. With these tools, you start to get under the hood a bit to change the appearance of views, forms, pages, and sites. With SharePoint Designer (a free download), you can customize your pages, layouts, master pages, and CSS. With InfoPath 2010, you can customize the appearance and behavior of the heavily-used list forms for your organization. Lastly, with Office 2010 and programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, you can customize document templates and even create professional-looking SharePoint themes.

  • Code solutions – Code solutions are created with software development programs like Visual Studio 2010. By creating a code solution, you have complete control over not just the look and feel of the site but really the SharePoint product itself. You can build new interfaces, applications, features, and more. Using SharePoint’s sandbox solutions, a developer can safely and securely deploy a custom solution for the entire organization. On the subject of branding, many designers will choose to roll out a design as a custom solution so that it can be deployed across multiple sites and collections at once (see Deploying Branding Solutions using Sandboxed Solutions).

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Published by Aryan Nava

Founder of "BlockchainMind", CTO for two Blockchain startup during 2018, Cloud/DevOps Consultant and Blockchain Trainer

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