In this series we will be looking at how we can make our external SharePoint site look beautiful and certainly very different from the out of the box look and feel that you can see below.
The design we will be going for is the Orange Website below and it contains the following features
jQuery Banner Image
Corporate Header / Footer
Security Trimmed Ribbon
However, before we jump straight into the practical lets take a quick look at the designs that have been created around the world which make SharePoint look beautiful.
These are some of the designs that have been injected into SharePoint to bring it to life and I hope you agree that they are wonderful.
Now before we start designing and building the site we need to think about the resources and tools we need.
Download SharePoint Designer 32-bit - If you are still using MOSS 2007, WSS 3.0 or the 32-bit version of Microsoft Office you will need to download the 32-bit version of SharePoint Designer as it will not install with different architectural versions of Office and there is only a 32-bit version of SharePoint Designer 2007 Download SharePoint Designer 64-bit - The only requirement is that you don’t have the 32-bit version of Office as above.
Free SharePoint MasterPages
This year I finally manage to put together the codeplex project I had been threatening to put together for 18 months and this includes three different MasterPages you can download absolutely free. This includes the accompanying CSS.
Randy Drisgill MVP created the following project on codeplex which was the basis for my project above. This includes a very well commented set of MasterPages providing you with a good starting point when creating your own design This will be the basis of the series
Once we have SPD and the Starter MasterPage we can begin to think about planning, mockups and then creating the design.
Tomorrow we look at planning and mockups.
About Matthew Hughes
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I am an Independent SharePoint Consultant for Flucidity Ltd.
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