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Branding and Customizing SharePoint 2013 Sites



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4 Days

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In today’s market, it is critical that organizations maintain brand recognition to stay competitive. In this SharePoint training course, you learn how to publish SharePoint sites while adhering to corporate identity standards, employ custom HTML, CSS, Master Pages, and page layouts to reflect your company's brand, and turn your SharePoint site into a rich, interactive experience.

You Will Learn How To

  • Maintain organizational brand standards when publishing SharePoint sites
  • Apply rapid changes with Composed Looks, Design Manager, and Managed Navigation
  • Integrate custom HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) into Master Pages and page layouts
  • Enable cross-site publishing and search-driven Web Parts

Important Course Information


  • Basic knowledge of SharePoint at the level of Course 1531, SharePoint 2013 Technologies Introduction

Recommended Experience:

  • Familiarity with Web layout design and experience with Web layout tools


  • This course is running SharePoint Designer 2013
  • Concepts covered in this course are applicable in Office365

Course Outline

  • Introduction and Overview

Analyzing SharePoint 2013 branding

  • Defining fundamental changes to the design process
  • Addressing the role of the Design Manager
  • Achieving professional results with Composed Looks

Exploring content management features

  • Enhancing content authoring with search-driven solutions
  • Making content widely available with cross-site publishing
  • Generating friendly URLs with Managed Navigation

Planning the design process

  • Gathering technical requirements
  • Forming an information architecture strategy
  • Creating a wireframe prototype
  • Employing the New Branding Method

Evaluating WYSIWYG options

  • Identifying the new role of SharePoint Designer
  • Integrating alternate HTML editors

Making use of new SharePoint 2013 design features

  • Modifying the style with Composed Looks
  • Setting color palettes, font schemes and background images with themes

Extending design possibilities

  • Activating the Design Manager
  • Targeting multiple devices with Device Channels
  • Applying Custom HTML and CSS

Defining HTML and CSS structure

  • Utilizing external, internal and inline styles
  • Analyzing specificity to determine applied styles
  • Implementing HTML5 and CSS3 standards in SharePoint

Taking advantage of browser-based tools

  • Locating and modifying CSS with browser-based tools
  • Identifying improvements to SharePoint markup

Site customization with Composed Looks

  • Comparing Composed Looks and themes
  • Creating a custom Composed Look
  • Integrating the publishing model

Working with publishing site templates for enterprise content management

  • Adding pages and editing content
  • Migrating content from Microsoft Office
  • Streamlining content authoring with publishing workflows

Composing page templates

  • Defining publishing content types
  • Editing and creating page layouts
  • Leveraging catalog page layouts for cross-site publishing
  • Achieving a Branded Site

Uncovering Master Pages

  • Rendering default regions with content placeholders
  • Modifying Master Pages in a Composed Look

Tailoring Master Pages

  • Editing HTML in the table-based layout
  • Updating page layouts and background images

Creating a fully branded Master Page

  • Converting custom HTML to override styles
  • Generating HTML snippets with the Design Manager
  • Presenting Dynamic Content

Displaying content with search-driven Web Parts

  • Building search queries through site settings
  • Placing Content Search Web Parts on Category Pages

Merging content from multiple locations

  • Rolling up content with the Content Query Web Part
  • Aggregating content based on context

Rendering content for multiple browsers and devices

  • Configuring Device Channels
  • Delivering device-specific pages
  • Designing and Deploying Custom Solutions

Extending the user experience

  • Achieving fluid design with HTML5
  • Enhancing user interaction with jQuery

Deploying your brand with ease

  • Distributing branding elements with Design Packages
  • Working with solution galleries
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Course Schedule

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Course Tuition Includes:

After-Course Instructor Coaching
When you return to work, you are entitled to schedule a free coaching session with your instructor for help and guidance as you apply your new skills.

After-Course Computing Sandbox
You'll be given remote access to a preconfigured virtual machine for you to redo your hands-on exercises, develop/test new code, and experiment with the same software used in your course.

Free Course Exam
You can take your course exam on the last day of your course and receive a Certificate of Achievement with the designation "Awarded with Distinction."



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Training Hours

Standard Course Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
*Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

FREE Online Course Exam (if applicable) – Last Day: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
By successfully completing your FREE online course exam, you will:

  • Have a record of your growth and learning results.
  • Bring proof of your progress back to your organization
  • Earn credits toward industry certifications (if applicable)

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