Creating custom SharePoint MOSS 2007 & WSS 3.0 themes

I was looking around for some reading today and I thought of collecting information on whats out there on SharePoint skinning, SharePoint customisation of themes and master pages. There are a few articles on the web that I have read before and would like to share them with you. May I suggest you bookmark this article so you can refer back when you need. I will add more links as I come across them. You may be able to share your favourites with me and I will edit this article to include your valuable suggestions! Thanks!

Article 1:
http://aspalliance.com/759_Working_with_SharePoint_Templates.all

With the help of this article, you will learn how to
1. Create a new template.
2. Add Web Part Zones to a template in default.aspx page.
3. Add Web Parts by default while create Sub Area Pages using Onet.xml.
4. Create default Content Lists using Onet.xml.
5. Create multiple lists of the same list type in Onet.xml.
6. Change the view using Schema.xml.

Article 2:
http://www.heathersolomon.com/blog/articles/sp2007.aspx

In this article on Heather Solomon’s website, you will get to understand more on Master Pages and themes in SharePoint.
There are a lot of SharePoint Design tips, working with CSS and the master page. You might need some good time set aside to go through these articles.

Article 3:
http://www.idratherbewriting.com/2008/06/21/customizing-your-sharepoint-site-read-these-10-conceptsgotchas-first/
In this article, you will read 10 Concepts/Gotchas when customising SharePoint.
1. A good SharePoint site is one that doesn’t look like a SharePoint site.
2. Without SharePoint Designer, you can do nothing. With SharePoint Designer, you can do nothing.
3. Like the Borg, all content pages render through Default.master or another master file.
4. When you edit the master, the core.css file unghosts.
5. You can’t see the image directory that the core.css stylesheet refers to.
6. If you edit the Summary View and change the item limit, it breaks the code and you have to generate a new site to figure out the code to fix it.
7. If you modify a theme, switch back to the default, and then return to your modified theme, all modifications are gone.
8. To configure the search to see just blog posts, you have to enter a code that does not exist anywhere on the Internet or help file.
9. You can’t control the look and feel of the admin side of things.
10. Site metrics don’t tell you what post anyone has viewed.

Arcticle 4:
http://branding-sharepoint.com/2010/01/winter-in-minnesota/
A blog in the life of a SharePoint graphic designer. Some inspiring articles to see where SharePoint design can lead to!

May I suggest you bookmark this article so you can refer back when you need. I will add more links as I come across them. You may be able to share your favourites with me and I will edit this article to include your valuable suggestions! Thanks!

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