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Web Content Management and Design in SharePoint 2013

3days
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USP13B
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Introducing Web Content Management in SharePoint 2013

An overview of what is available in SharePoint out of the box. What types of sites do we have, and how does publishing work?

  • Introducing SharePoint Sites: Team Sites vs Publishing Sites
  • Web Content Management in SharePoint 2013
  • Different Page Models in SharePoint 2013: Wiki Pages vs Publishing Pages
  • Search Engine Optimizations

What is SharePoint branding?

In this module we will cover the basic toolset we have available for branding our sites. We will look at all the different elements that together form a branding solution.

  • Definition of branding
  • Why brand SharePoint?
  • Anatomy of a SharePoint site
  • Introducing SharePoint Designer.
  • Branding options in SharePoint: Composed Looks, Cascading Style Sheets, Master Pages...

Handling CSS files in SharePoint

A very important part of branding in web development is the styling, meaning the fonts, colors, borders etc that are applied.

  • What is CSS?
  • Introducing CSS
  • CSS Selectors
  • Colors, Corners, Shadows, Gradients
  • Out of the box SharePoint style sheets
  • Creating custom style sheets
  • Applying alternate CSS

SharePoint Composed Looks

Composed looks offer presets of branding you can apply to a SharePoint sites. We will discover how they work and how we can create our own.

  • Creating a SharePoint Composed Look
  • Using theme Comments in custom CSS

Creating a Design

So we have a great design idea for our SharePoint site. How do we build everything from scratch? This module will take you through that process.

  • Creating a wireframe
  • HTML and CSS guidelines
  • Browser compatibility

SharePoint Master Pages

A master page defines the general layout and look & feel of a site, so it is an essential part of the branding process. In this module you will learn how master pages work.

  • ASP.NET Master Pages fundamentals
  • SharePoint controls
  • Delegate Controls

Custom Master Pages

SharePoint offers us out-of-the-box master pages, which we can customize, but we can also create our own. This chapter teaches us how to do exactly that.

  • Creating a custom Master Page for SharePoint
  • Creating a custom Master Page in HTML with the Design Manager
  • Working with the Snippets
  • Device Channels

Customizing SharePoint Rendering with JSLink

SharePoint is full of lists and document libraries that allow you to store content. What if the default look and feel of those lists, or fields contained within, does not suit your requirements? Then you can use JSLink. In this module you will learn how the JSLink library can help you in customizing the look and feel of lists, libraries and columns, ...

  • Basic JSLink syntax
  • Using JSLink in Web Parts, Content Types, Fields and Lists
  • Using JSLink in Features and code
  • Using JSLink for validation
  • Performance impact

Working with Publishing Pages

In this chapter we will take a look at the most important publishing features like publishing pages and page layouts, navigation, multi-lingual support and the approval process.

  • Using Publishing Sites and Publishing Pages
  • Using out of the box Page Layouts
  • Configuring Approval Workflow
  • Navigation based on Managed Metadata
  • Site Variations

Designing Page Layouts

Publishing pages is what we will add to a publishing sites. They are based on page layouts. In this module you will learn how they work and how we can create our own custom page layout.

  • Introducing Page Layouts
  • Creating a content type for a Page Layout
  • Building Page Layouts in HTML
  • Configuring page layouts

SharePoint 2013 Search

Search is an essential tool when working with SharePoint and publishing. In this module you will learn about search configuration and search based content!

  • Configuring the Search Engine
  • Working with Result Sources
  • Defining and using managed properties
  • People Search
  • Defining Query Rules
  • Configuring Search web parts
  • Out-of-the-box Result Types and Display Templates

Cross Site Publishing

Sharing content across site collections has never been easy. Cross site collection publishing, which relies heavily on search, will tackle this problem.

  • Creating a Catalog in the authoring environment
  • Cross-site collection publishing
  • Connection to a catalog
  • Creating Category and Item pages
  • Content Search Web Part
  • Refiners and Faceted Navigation

Display Templates

When using search as a source of content, the way that content is displayed is using display templates. Display templates are modern templates based on JavaScript and HTML which we can easily customize.

  • Refresh Display Templates
  • Working with Display Templates in Search and Web Content Management
  • How to build custom Display Templates with HTML and JavaScript
  • Display Templates JavaScript Helper Methods
  • HTML Data Binding Syntax
  • Working with the Search Context

Deploying in SharePoint 2013

When all our branding tasks have been completed we might want to move all our work between environments - think development or production. In this final module we will have a look at how we achieve this.

  • SharePoint Features and Solutions fundamentals
  • Farm Solutions vs Sandboxed Solutions vs Apps
  • Packaging Page Layouts and Master Pages

Web Content Management has been an important aspect of SharePoint for many years. Nowadays many organizations are not only using SharePoint for collaboration and document management, but also for building intranet, extranet and internet portals. The goal of this course is to learn how to use the Web Content Management features of SharePoint 2013, and how to design and brand your publishing sites. By the time you have completed the course, you should have a solid understanding of branding and Web Content Management inside SharePoint.

This training targets administrators, site owners, designers or developers responsible for configuring, maintaining and branding a web content management environment in SharePoint 2013.

Participants should have some working experience with either SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online. They should have a basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

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