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SharePoint Designer 2007: Branding SharePoint Sites

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Explores using SharePoint Designer 2007 to alter the default appearance of SharePoint web sites.

In SharePoint Designer 2007: Branding SharePoint Sites, Simon Allardice explores using SharePoint Designer 2007 to alter the default appearance of SharePoint web sites. This course covers topics from creating themes and making simple CSS changes to fully re-styling a site with master pages and Page Layout templates. Learn how a custom design aids usability and adoption by providing improved navigation, better visual cues in complex site hierarchies, and individual page layouts for site-specific content.


  • Welcome
  • Prerequisites
  • Using a SharePoint virtual image
1. Getting to Know SharePoint
  • Using SharePoint core components
  • Exploring the SharePoint product line
  • Understanding SharePoint and SharePoint Designer
  • Understanding collaboration sites and portal sites
  • Introducing site collections
  • Introducing WCM and the Publishing feature
2. Working with SharePoint
  • Exploring a basic SharePoint site
  • Understanding lists and libraries in SharePoint
  • Exploring automatic navigation
  • Understanding the SharePoint content database
  • Creating a new site in SharePoint
3. Permissions in SharePoint
  • Introducing permissions
  • Discovering what permissions you have on an existing site
  • Getting upgraded permissions
4. In-Browser Customization
  • Customizing Web Parts
  • Creating custom lists
  • Creating site columns
  • Creating basic pages and Web Part pages
  • Using themes in SharePoint
  • Installing and using a new site template (.stp) file
  • Saving a customized site as a site template
5. Introduction to SharePoint Designer 2007
  • The three things you can do with SharePoint Designer 2007
  • Connecting to an existing SharePoint site
  • Exploring the SharePoint Designer interface
  • Using the Code and Design views
  • Unghosting and reghosting a site
6. CSS Files in SharePoint
  • Finding the CSS files in SharePoint
  • Exploring Core.css
  • Creating a custom CSS file
  • Saving custom CSS for accessibility
  • Detecting what CSS styles are being applied
7. Customizing WSS Sites
  • Introducing master pages in WSS
  • Understanding the placeholders in WSS master pages
  • Creating a copy of default.master
  • Restoring default.master
8. Customizing Sites with WCM
  • Introducing master pages in WCM
  • Exploring the master page gallery
  • Switching master pages
  • Starting off with a minimal master page
  • Designing a new overall master page
  • Creating an accessible master page
9. Page Layouts
  • Introducing content types in SharePoint
  • Creating a custom content type
  • Creating a page layout based on a content type
  • Editing a page layout in SharePoint Designer
  • Creating multiple versions of a page layout
  • Creating new pages based on page layouts
  • Controlling fonts and layouts
  • Controlling approval workflow
10. Customizing the Collaboration Portal
  • What is the Collaboration Portal?
  • Customizing the Home site
  • Customizing the News site
  • Customizing the Search Center site
  • Customizing the Site Directory
11. Customizing the Publishing Portal
  • What is the Publishing Portal?
  • Understanding security concerns for internet-facing sites
  • Building out the Publishing Portal with Publishing Sites
  • Understanding the Publishing Portal workflow
12. Creating Themes
  • Exploring the existing SharePoint themes
  • Copying a SharePoint theme
  • Editing a SharePoint theme
  • Showing themes
13. Customizing Navigation
  • Default navigation in SharePoint
  • Customizing the Quick Launch bar and Top Link bar
  • Editing navigation in Publishing Sites
  • Editing and styling navigation controls
  • Customizing navigation with audiences
  • Customizing the breadcrumbs
  • Creating a link back to the portal
  • Creating drop-down navigation in SharePoint
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Simon Allardice

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