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Sharpen your branding skills with this must-have resource
SharePoint 2010 allows for much more robust branding opportunities and this hands-on resource shares proven techniques for branding and user interface design so that you can execute a successful branding initiative with SharePoint 2010. After a review of branding and how it relates to SharePoint, the book addresses what's new in SharePoint 2010, including CSS, page layouts, themes, XSLT, Silverlight, and jQuery. You'll explore ways to plan, estimate, and create a brand in SharePoint while you also discover how to use SharePoint Designer 2010 with a SharePoint server.
Professional SharePoint 2010 Branding and User Interface Design:
Presents strategies for migrating to SharePoint 2010 from an earlier version
Walks you through the steps necessary to properly plan for branding
Delves into working with navigation in SharePoint Server 2010
Explores the role of CSS in SharePoint branding
Examines master pages, page layouts, and custom content for custom pages
Addresses the Client Object Model and jQuery
Looks at XML, Data View, and Content Query Web Parts
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About the Author
Randy Drisgill is a consultant with SharePoint911. He is a Microsoft MVP for SharePoint Server and the coauthor of Professional SharePoint 2007 Design.
John Ross is a consultant with SharePoint911.?He?is an active member of the SharePoint community and a frequent guest speaker.
Jacob J. Sanford is a senior consultant for Cornerstone Software Services.
Paul Stubbs works at Microsoft and is a frequent speaker at Tech Ed and Dev Connections events about branding and SharePoint.
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1. "Just coloring" (for intra- and extranets where aesthetics are a minor requirement) e.g. the colors, fonts etc. are changed with Themes or with a little bit custom CSS.
2. Out-of-the-box master pages and page layouts are customized (for intra- and extranets where aesthetics are a major requirement) i.e. HTML and functionality are modified to better suit the intended design. Custom CSS is used heavily.
3. Master pages, page layouts and the required CSS are built from scratch (mainly for public facing websites) according to design and requirements.
I've learned this and the related intricacies in the trenches with Sharepoint 2007 and that's why I didn't get a lot of new knowledge from the book. For me it was more like a version update. Don't get me wrong though. The new Ribbon system does bring quite a lot new to the UI customization table and I think the books gives a good explanation of things like:
- How to create fixed width designs in Sharepoint.
- How to hide the Quick launch / current navigation.
- How to deal with Ribbon and its scrolling issues for anonymous users (in public facing websites).
- How to add new options into the Ribbon e.g. for CSS and HTML formatting.
I was somewhat disappointed that the book didn't give suggestions for strategies how to deal with edit mode layout issues i.e. how to fix UI bugs and broken layouts as Sharepoint adds new stuff in to the page while it's being edited. Another more difficult topic was also left unanswered: Is it possible to drop out the out-of-the-box CSS and JS files from the master to improve the performance of a Sharepoint website? E.g. corev4.css alone is around 191 kBs (uncompressed) and none of it is needed if you have public facing website with anonymous users that is built from scratch (approach 3 from above).
In conclusion the book is a good introduction to the topic but the real learning starts when a design agency makes a hand over of a stunning layout mockup and your job is to integrate it into Sharepoint with "pixel perfection" :-)
If you are a web designer new to Sharepoint I recommend you to read this and the SharePoint 2010 For Dummies together.
Contents of the book:
1. What is Sharepoint branding
2. What's new in Sharepoint 2010
3. Planning for branding
4. Sharepoint Designer 2010 overview
5. Simple branding
6. Working with navigation
7. Cascading Style Sheets in Sharepoint
8. Master pages
9. Page layouts
10. Web parts and XSLT
11. Deploying branding in Sharepoint
12. Page editing and the Ribbon
13. The Client Object Model and jQuery
14. Silverlight and Sharepoint integration
Writing good books is not easy. It is very difficult to present cohesive and accurate thoughts that are the work of many minds over many months over hundreds of meticulously carved pages.
In reading this book, I was happy to see that no stone was left unturned when talking specifically about SharePoint 2010 branding - no this is not a IT pro book, this is not a developer's book.
There cannot be a single book that covers EVERYTHING about SP2010. But when it comes to branding, this book is top notch.
Finally, I like the author's writing style (disclaimer, I'm around page #200 right now). I hate to read books that have the personality of a whitepaper. This book is very conversational and fun to read.
There are some valuable tips for "simple branding" which would is great information for Site Owners to have as they manage their local department or project site. There is also great information on more advanced branding that can cover your overall marketing and communication standards.
One of the really nice things about this book is that it highlights some of the landmines that can pop up during your project. Understanding where in an inheritance chain to style or not to remove the !Important commented items can save you hours of grief. The Content Placeholder reference for MasterPages is also incredibly valuable.
From my perspective one of the most important chapters is on deployment. Since user experience guys are not always coders they are not always familiar with how to properly deploy their brilliant work. SharePoint Designer is a valuable tool, but it should not be used to maintain the branding and user interface changes for your environment (with very few exceptions).
All told this book provides a great overview of all of the areas and depth to important topics designers need to know. This book should be a good fit for SharePoint Developers or Administrators needing to do simple branding, Site Owners looking to apply some customizations, or for Designers looking to create robust user interfaces on the SharePoint 2010 platform.
I've spent the last few days with this book and being new to SharePoint and specifically new to SharePoint 2010 I really appreciate the depth the authors have used in their topics. Everyone will get something from this book. From the new SharePointer to the old salt, there is something here for everyone.
I truly appreciated the sections on customizing the ribbon, wireframes, and the entire section on SharePoint Designer 2010. I also now have a new perspective on waffles!! If nothing else this book will keep you wanting a delicious breakfast treat!!
Black Friday is upon us, what a perfect gift for that SharePoint geek in your life!
This book offers something for everyone. I like that it takes you from having no knowledge of branding to developing a very slick SharePoint 2010 site.
The book provides concrete examples, sample code, comparisons to how things are done in 2007 (so it also teaches 2007) and provides a relatively easy read for those who aren't deeply technical.
For those who prefer a technology bible, the back chapters provide a reference manaual, this with the index will allow anyone to complete the development of a custom branded SharePoint site.
This book provides the most complete (singular) reference that I have found to provide information on branding a sharepoint site. While there may be many individual articles on the web about branding, nothing brings it all together and demonstrates best practices along with real life examples than this book.
If this were a movie, I would see it again and again (OK, I wouldn't really go see SharePoint 2010 Branding the movie). I will be using this book as a reference for years to come.
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