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Top 11 SharePoint branding requests

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It’s not unusual for customers to choose SharePoint for technical reasons, long before they start thinking about branding the site. When I ask them what they want in the way of branding, they’ll sometimes respond “I don’t know. What do people usually want?”

This happened often enough that I finally put together a list. I use it as a starting point for discussions about branding needs.

 

Ranking Description Effort

1

Apply client colors Simple to medium, depending on depth of color scheme

2

Use client logo Simple

3

Custom background image for header Simple to medium

4

Adjust structure (for example, move searchbox or breadcrumb). Simple to complex, depending on number of changes and the particular changes involved

5

Hide/remove unwanted features (like social notification) Simple to medium, hiding some elements can have unexpected cascade effects elsewhere

6

Custom styling of web parts (headers, borders, background color) Simple to medium, depending on amount and complexity of styling

7

Custom configuration of web parts (use content-query web parts to customize output instead of using OOTB defaults) Simple to complex, depending on the XSLT coding required

8

Brand modules (MySite, Search Center, Blog) to match main pages. Medium to complex, depending on the number of modules and desired degree of matching.

9

Improve cross-browser compatibility (make it work as well as possible in Firefox, Safari and Chrome) Medium

10

Custom favicon Simple

11

Responsive design (more for public-facing sites than intranets) Medium to complex, depending on the desired degree of responsiveness.

 

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