Branding Lessons Learned 2: Post-launch

Yay. We launched a few days ago. Now it’s time for another recap of lessons learned on the technology and process fronts:  Process Learnings (AKA battle scars): Requirements & Design. I won’t go into the reasons why, but we had an exceedingly shallow requirements gathering effort for the branding effort, basically comprised of (a) a…

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MOSS Intranet Portal Branding Lessons Learned 1: Omissions & Test Results

We’ve spent the past four days doing user acceptance and regression testing on our branding, and I’ve found a couple of essential additions. Expect more as the testing wraps up over the next week or two: Branding the “Operation in Progress” Page. Another GIF you may want to replace is GEARS_AN.GIF if you need to…

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Branding a MOSS Corporate Intranet Portal, Part 3: LAYOUTS Pages

Introduction In order to get a consistent look and feel across all the pages, we had to brand the LAYOUTS pages as well. Since we needed webapp-specific branding and didn’t want to deal with the additional effort involved in branding & testing SSPAdmin pages, I started out following what eventually came to be known as…

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Branding a MOSS Corporate Intranet Portal, Part 2: Site & System Pages

Introduction This post covers a sample technical design for the most common branding task you’ll encounter for site & system pages – adapting ALL site & system pages on ALL sites to your customer’s look-and-feel standards. We accomplish this with the following components, each of which are covered in detail: ·         Branding “Staplee” Features –…

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Branding a MOSS Corporate Intranet Portal, Part 1b: Branding Methods by Scope and Scenario

Branding Methods by Scope and Scenario The methods matrices referred to in Part 1a appear below. Refer to that post for context, or you won’t find this very useful… Scope: Farm   Single Site Definition Site Page Single Site Definition System Page All Site Pages All System Pages Single SIMPLE LAYOUTS Page Single non-SIMPLE LAYOUTS…

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Branding a MOSS Corporate Intranet Portal, Part 1a: High-level overview, terminology, and approach

Part 1 of the branding posts attempts to guide developers in selecting the appropriate technical design for implementing branding/customization of SharePoint 2007-based sites, site collections, web applications, and farms. This blog series does NOT cover the following key topics relating to branding: ·         Business requirements and visual design. These should be completed before reviewing the…

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Branding a MOSS Corporate Intranet Portal, Introduction

We’re finally starting to tie a little bow around the branding effort for my customer’s MOSS intranet collaboration environment, so I’m finally taking the time to gather all the planning and design materials from the past month or two into something I hope the community finds useful. That, and the musical on the overhead screens is a…

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First Test Blog w/Disclaimer…

This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.   For Code: Use of included script samples are subject to the terms specified at http://www.microsoft.com/info/cpyright.htm

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