From the planning details to the steps to the considerations, understand how to
design the perfect SharePoint implementation by applying the information in
Professional SharePoint 2007 Design. Begin with an overview of a installation
and move through the technical aspects of creating usable, accessible,
aesthetically pleasing SharePoint interfaces, with a primary focus on using
SharePoint’s basic design tools to create a better looking and more effective
installation. Understand how to use PhotoShop to design the graphics and
template model for your site and learn how to integrate SharePoint themes.
From the Back Cover
Professional Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Design
Take your SharePoint site design to the next level by exploiting the powerful
set of tools that SharePoint 2007 offers. Focused purely on the topic of design
as it relates to SharePoint 2007, this book arms you with the knowledge you will
need to create unique and dynamic SharePoint sites with not only MOSS, but also
Windows SharePoint Services version 3 (WSS). You''ll walk through the key points
and best practices for customizing the standard SharePoint user interface with
your own branding and styles.
What you will learn from this book
- How to customize SharePoint master pages, page layouts, CSS, themes, and Web
Parts to achieve a unique site design
- Ways to create Photoshop CS3 and HTML/CSS mockups that take into account the
specific requirements that SharePoint requires in a user interface
- Proper planning that is required when starting a SharePoint communication or
collaboration web site
- Methods for leveraging the power of SharePoint''s built-in navigation and
- How to use minimal master pages as an effective starting point for creating
your own design masterpieces
- The complete lifecycle of a custom SharePoint user interface
- The benefits of utilizing Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 for
working with SharePoint servers in an efficient and rich environment
- Tips and tricks for building accessible web sites in SharePoint
Who this book is for
This book is for the SharePoint professional or enthusiast who has an interest
in making communication and collaboration web sites that look as great as they
are powerful. A basic understanding of the .NET 2.0 Framework and SharePoint
concepts is helpful but not necessary.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers
to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals.
Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face
every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in
new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
About the Author
Jacob J. Sanford began his career in, of all things, accounting and
auditing. He graduated from Florida State University in 1997 with BS degrees in
Accounting and Finance, which made him eligible to sit for the CPA exam.
Although he realized in college that his interests lie more in computers and
technology, he decided he would give accounting a chance. It didn’t last. He had
been dabbling in HTML and VBA when he took a job at a private software company
and met co-author David Drinkwine, who introduced him to the wonders of classic
ASP. From there, he began learning as much as he could about all kinds of Web
application development. This took him down the paths of ColdFusion, PHP,
PhotoShop, CSS, XML, and finally ASP.NET (starting with the 1.0 and 1.1
releases). He has been using ASP.NET (VB and C# — but mostly C#) for the last
four or five years. He has worked at several State of Florida agencies and in
that capacity found a fondness for pure CSS design and accessibility
considerations. Most recently, he has started focusing on new technologies and
tools such as Microsoft Silverlight and Visual Studio 2008.
Jacob is currently a senior consultant with Captar´e Consulting, LLC, and is the
founding leader of the Tallahassee SharePoint Experts Exchange for Developers
(SPEED). He is also a regular presenter at regional .NET Code Camps and at local
.NET User Group meetings and is the author of Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Design (Wrox,
Jacob has received his Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
certification as a Web Developer (Visual Studio 2005). He plans to upgrade his
credentials to Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET 3.6 Framework as the
certification exams become available.
Randy Drisgill is an Internet technologist, focused on emerging Web
trends such as MOSS 2007 and rich Internet applications. Currently working as a
consultant for SharePoint branding and customization, Randy has been helping
businesses create innovative Web applications since the late ’90s. Previously,
Randy co-owned a Web development consulting company, and before that, he worked
for Lockheed Martin on several enterprise-level initiatives. Along with his
current interests in Microsoft technologies, Randy’s involvement in both the
ColdFusion and ActionScript communities has led to his co-authoring several
related books and publications.
Besides blogging about everything from Adobe to LoLCats at www.Drisgill.com,
Randy also uses the pseudonym ‘‘The Mossman’’ to blog specifically about MOSS
2007 at theMossman.Blogspot.com. When not thinking about technology, Randy
enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Jackie, and his dog, Frito.
David Drinkwine is currently a Senior Solutions Architect for Captar´e
Consulting, LLC, a Chicago-based consulting firm specializing in advanced
SharePoint implementation and custom .NET application development. He has
designed and implemented WSS and MOSS based applications for a variety of
clients, including global product manufacturers, state agencies, and
David has a decade and a half of software development experience and has been
developing Internet-based solutions since the late ’90s. He has been highly
focused on designing and implementing SharePoint solutions from the early days
of SharePoint Team Services. He has experience in a wide variety of
technologies, including MOSS, WSS, various incarnations of C and Visual Basic,
MS Office programming and integration, and far more acronym-named technologies
than can be good for any one person to know.
David frequently has spoken on design and the use of third-party tools with
SharePoint at regional SharePoint user group meetings. He attended Florida State
University, where he studied English and Philosophy.
Coskun Cavusoglu is the Director of Consulting Services and the Chief
Solution Architect of Captar´e Consulting, LLC. Coskun has been architecting and
implementing technology solutions for more than 10 years in both large
enterprise organizations and fast-growth midmarket firms. He has extensive
experience designing, implementing and supporting Internet solutions using
Microsoft technologies such as SharePoint, CRM, Project Server, Solomon, BizTalk
Server, Windows Server, Active Directory, Exchange, IIS, and ASP .NET 2.0.
Coskun consults on a variety of business process practices. He has a broad range
of expertise in areas such as knowledge management, business process analysis,
collaboration, project management, office productivity, and application
programming. Coskun is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for
SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
Chapter 1: Why Design?
Chapter 2: Web Design 101.
Chapter 3: General Concept Design.
Chapter 4: Communicating or Collaborating?
Chapter 5: Introduction to SharePoint Designer.
Chapter 6: Themes.
Chapter 7: Cascading Style Sheets with MOSS 2007.
Chapter 8: Master Pages.
Chapter 9: Page Layouts.
Chapter 10: Working with Out-of-the-BoxWeb Parts.
Chapter 11: Navigation.
Chapter 12: Customizing Search.
Chapter 13: Accessibility in SharePoint.
Chapter 14: Wrapping It All Up.
Appendix A: Introduction to Deploying SharePoint Designs.