Working with the SharePoint Navigation

Yes, the SharePoint navigation really can work for your needs

A commonly misunderstood component of SharePoint is the navigation. We are frequently asked in class about how to make changes to the navigation and when we cover it, people are really surprised and honestly, it is pretty anti-climatic! Here are a few things everyone should know about manipulating SharePoint navigation. Continue reading

Multiple Sites with Varying Designs in a Single CSS File

Multiple Sites with Varying Designs in a Single CSS File

Hi, everyone! It’s your friendly neighborhood SharePoint hacker Dustin here with a slick trick you have to try out to believe!

Recently, Heather wrote an article (Master Pages, who needs them anyways?) that talked about creating your custom designs in SharePoint using only a single Master Page. From the very first delivery of our SharePoint UI/UX Class, our students have excitedly jumped on board – it’s amazing just how much you can do with a single master page!

One student in particular spoke up: “Okay, great, one master page to rule them all. What about one CSS file? Any fancy tricks that will let me keep all my design work for all the sites and site collections in my entire farm in a single CSS file? Even those department sites that want different colors?”

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SharePoint master pages, who needs them anyways?

SharePoint master pages, who needs them anyways?

A common misconception about SharePoint master pages is that you need several of them. In our SharePoint UI/UX class, Dustin and I meet people who have created several master pages for their SharePoint sites(s) due to branding and site layout needs. Based on design differences, a master page is created for the home page, another master page for the sub pages, and perhaps even another master page for sub site(s) that need different branding and/or layout. There are very few reasons to have more than one master page, and differing home page vs. sub page vs. sub site designs isn’t one of them. Continue reading

Sublime Text Rocks

You won’t be sitting in a SharePoint Experience class for very long before Heather or I open up a code editing app we both love – and for most of you, it’s something you’ve never seen before. Whether it is ASPX, JavaScript, XSL, HTML, PHP or CSS, one of our main go-to applications for web development (and yes this includes SharePoint) is Sublime Text.
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SharePoint CSS and CSS Specificity

CSS specificity (weight) and SharePoint

When dealing with SharePoint CSS one of your biggest friends is specificity. It also happens to be one of the harder things to wrap your head around, especially if you are just getting into creating and editing CSS. Specificity is a key thing to understand for SharePoint branding and something that I cover in all my branding classes. Continue reading

Modify SharePoint Add link in a list or library

For such a small little guy, the “Add” action link for a SharePoint list or library can sure cause a lot of grief for people.  Here is a sample of the SharePoint Add link if you were looking at a Links list.  Different lists show different text, such as Add Document or Add New Announcement.

Add new link option for SharePoint lists and libraries

I hear a lot of requests to change the look and feel of the link or move it to a different location on the web page. Luckily there is a lot you can do with CSS alone.  Continue reading

Why I love teaching the SharePoint UI UX Experience Class

It is easy to say something is unique and it is quite another to actually explain why. Since its inception two years ago we have always said the SharePoint UI UX Experience class is unique. Here in the course’s birthday month, I figured we got some ‘splainin’ to do! (And kudos to you if Desi Arnaz just rang out in your head*.)

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Top 5 Mistakes When Approaching SharePoint Branding

Branding SharePoint can be a great experience or can be a swirling vortex straight into coding hell.  It can also fall anywhere on that scale.  :-)  Help avoid a swirlie by checking out these top mistakes in SharePoint branding.  Continue reading