Managing Web.Config Customizations

I’m back after a long hiatus – international relocations tend to consume a lot of your free time – so it’s time to start dusting off some of the many learnings I’ve had over the past few months… One important topic I’ve encountered with my current and previous customers is how to manage web.config updates when…

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Branding Design using Solutions

In a previous post, I extolled the virtues of deploying our branding code in a solution. While I still make that recommendation without any reservations, it’s important to note that you may need TWO solutions to deploy your branding customizations. History  First, let’s do a quick review of some of the generic components I used…

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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, 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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