As noted on Microsoft®‘s Technet Website, Branding SharePoint 2010 Team Sites ensures that an organization’s unique logo, themes, etc are applied, consistently across all of the organization’s websites.
SharePoint 2010 Team Sites are intended to ” . . .keep teams synchronized and to manage important projects. Teams can use these sites for tasks such as storing common documents and meeting notes, tracking key milestones and schedules, establishing project delivery schedules, and enabling real-time communications between colleagues.” (quoted from the above noted Microsoft Technet web site) With the power of these team sites to contribute to the effectiveness of organizational collaboration in mind, it makes perfect sense to outfit them with precisely the look and feel of the parent organization as well as any custom visual features that specific teams require.
We offer a set of 10 video tutorials on branding SharePoint 2010 Team Sites. These 10 tutorials are authored by Yaroslav Pentsarkyy who started working with SharePoint in 2003 and achieved MVP status in 2009.
In contrast to the approach taken by Technet for the 7 and 3/4 minute video tutorial offered on their site, which emphasizes the importance of having Visual Studio available to follow this training video, Yaroslav Pentsarkyy makes reference to tools well in the reach of business users with a keen interest in SharePoint who, nevertheless, lack a programming background. For example, in the first of our video tutorial set, “Creating Basic SharePoint 2010 Themes” Yaroslav demonstrates how out of the box SharePoint Server 2010 Themes can be downloaded and then simply edited locally, with Microsoft PowerPoint, of course entirely sans code. Once edited, a custom theme can then be uploaded to a Theme Gallery within SharePoint Server 2010 and, from there, applied to all of the desired sites.
We think that this simple approach to effecting changes with minimal technology makes lots of sense for average business users who are short on technical skills but long on requiring that web pages exhibit custom visual features; for examples, colors and fonts. In many cases, simple modifications like those that we have described here will suffice as an organization works towards creating discrete web sites for a variety of teams collaborating on a project. We are happy to elaborate on the utility of this approach upon request. You may reach us at (630) 786-7026, or Contact Us to further a discussion about our video training content.
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