Publishing sites in SharePoint 2013 are highly customizable. As Yaroslav Pentsarskyy explains in a new video, Site level branding customizations for team sites, the new “Page Layouts and Templates” feature included in the “Look and Feel” section of SharePoint 2013 “Site Settings” provides ” . . . a way for an administrator of a developer to pick specific master pages and layouts for users to [work with] . . . ” (quoted from Yaroslav Pentsarskyy’s video tutorial). Adding this capability helps administrators ensure users, who may not be familiar with the SharePoint 2013 concepts of “Master Pages” and “Layouts”, work with approved pages and layouts, only, without risk to other pages and layouts.
The “Title, Description and Logo” feature provides publishing sites and team sites with the capability of adding unique page titles, descriptions and even logos by completing a form box and selecting, or uploading a logo.
The “Welcome Page” feature can be used to specify the landing page for a publishing site. The Page Gallery feature can also be used to choose this page with simply a click on a page icon in the gallery, and then a click on the “Page” ribbon to make the page the homepage for a site.
“Device Channels” permits the selection of a specific rendering type for tablets, and/or smartphones.
The “Tree View” feature can be used to disable the “Quick Launch” menu in order to use a “Tree View” user navigation system through the pages of a publishing site. Opting for this change, as Yaroslav points our in our video, opens up the left hand side of a master page to be used for some other purpose.
“Change the Look” provides administrators and designers with a method of choosing a “look” from a predefined set of options, or even to create a custom “look” based upon one of the predefined “looks” in the set. Color schemes and even page layouts can be changed with merely a set of clicks of a mouse. A background image can be uploaded and added to a custom “look” through this feature. Working with the “Change the Look” feature may be a safer option for administrators than choosing to empower users to modify the actual code of either the Oslo or Seattle master pages, which ship with out of the box SharePoint 2013.
In the next post to this blog we will finish up our commentary on this new video with a few words on the “Navigation” and the “Image Renditions” features of the “Look and Feel” section.
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