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Understanding the Look and Feel Options for Publishing Sites in SharePoint 2013 part 1

With SharePoint 2013, Microsoft introduces a new section, “Look and Feel” to the Site Settings menu for administrators. In a video tutorial titled Site level branding customizations for team sites, Yaroslav Pentsarskyy, SharePoint MVP, and published author, provides SharePoint administrators, designers, developers and architects with a brief tour of each of the features included in this section.

The purpose of the “Look and Feel” section of the Site Settings page for SharePoint 2013 is to present a series of capabilities to SharePoint administrators and designers. The capabilities include:

  1. Design Manager
  2. Master Page
  3. Page Layouts and Site Templates
  4. Welcome Page
  5. Title, Description and Logo
  6. Device Channels
  7. Tree view
  8. Change the Look
  9. Import Design Package
  10. Navigation
  11. and Image Renditions

Our video tutorial explores these capabilities as they can be applied to Publishing Sites in SharePoint 2013. The wide range of capabilities presented in the “Look and Feel” section is appropriate for publishing sites, as Yaroslav Pentsarskyy notes, as ” . . . they are more complex sites and there is a bigger team usually involved contributing to a publishing site, which is usually a public site, or a news site or the intranet landing site.” (quoted from Yaroslav Pentsarskyy’s video tutorial. A link to this video tutorial has been provided earlier in this post).

“Design Manager” and “Import Design Package” are ” . . . two separate links tied to the same function.” (ibid) “Design Manager” allows SharePoint site designers to ” . . . create the whole set of artifacts, the Master Pages, the JavaScript files, the rendering templates, the layouts . . . ” (ibid) and send them to a set of users as a package, which in turn, they will import with the “Import Design Package” capability.

“Master Page” provides administrators and designers with an interface useful for modifying Master Pages for publishing sites, only. This capability is not available for collaboration (team) sites. We’ve written about this capability in earlier posts to this blog. Two versions of a Master Page are provided, “Oslo” and “Seattle”. Administrators and designers can copy either version, or both, download them and customize as required. Once customized the new branded Master Page can be uploaded as a new Master Page.

The “Master Page” capability includes a “Site” and a “System” master page. Yaroslav Pentsarskyy explains the ” . . site master page will appear for visitors, so a home page is using a site master page. Any pages you create through the gear menu are using the site master page. The system master pages work when you click on settings and navigate to other administrative pages [in other words, all of the pages in the administrative menu of pages are built with the “system” master page].” (ibid)

In the next post we’ll continue this exploration of the capabilities presented by the SharePoint 2013 “Look and Feel” section of “Site Settings” for publishing sites.

Ira Michael Blonder

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