SharePoint Design

Course:  SPDSN
Duration:  3 Days
Level:  I
Course Summary

This course addresses requirements gathering through designing the details of a SharePoint implementation. It begins with an overview of the goals of SharePoint sites and continues by showing alternative approaches to completing the steps necessary to create usable, accessible, aesthetically pleasing SharePoint interfaces. The primary focus will be using SharePoint's basic design tools to create a better looking and more effective solution. Using graphics, themes, and template models, the student will see industry proven techniques for designing successful SharePoint sites.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Design Definition

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Where design fits
  • People who have input to design
  • SharePoint Design considerations

Web Design Considerations

  • Goal-Oriented Design Driving Adoption
  • Storyboarding
  • Web Page Design Planning for Change

General Concept Design

  • Getting Inspired Creating the Design
  • The Intranet Counterpart Continuing Education

Communicating and Collaborating

  • Communication/Publishing Site definition
  • When to Use a Communication Site
  • Effectively Using a Communication/Publishing Site
  • Publishing Site Templates
  • Communication/Publishing Site Best Practices
  • Collaboration/Team Site definition
  • Collaboration Site usage
  • Collaboration Site Templates
  • Collaboration/Team Site Best Practices

SharePoint Designer Review

  • Customizing MOSS Sites
  • The Design View
  • Working with Master Pages
  • Working with CSS
  • Working with Web Parts and Web Part Zones
  • Working with XSL
  • Using SharePoint Designer Reports


  • SharePoint Themes
  • How SharePoint Themes Work
  • How to Create a Theme
  • How to Design a Theme
  • Workarounds for Theme Caveats
  • Tools for Creating Themes

Cascading Style Sheets with MOSS 2007

  • Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets
  • Working with CSS
  • How to Include CSS in Your MOSS Site
  • Converting Your Design to HTML and CSS

Master Pages

  • What Is a Master Page?
  • The Master Page Structure
  • Using Master Pages with MOSS
  • Challenges with Master Pages in MOSS
  • The Great Customization Debate
  • Implementing a Minimal Master Page
  • Converting HTML Design to Master Pages

Page Layouts

  • Definition
  • Implementing Your Own Page Layouts
  • Internet Site Welcome Page Layout Example

Working with Out-of-the-Box Web Parts

  • Using the Content Query Web Part
  • The Data View Web Part
  • The Content Editor Web Part
  • The Page Viewer Web Part
  • The XML Web Part
  • The Image Web Part


  • WSS 3.0
  • MOSS 2007

Customizing Search

  • Accuracy vs. Relevancy
  • Making Better Information
  • How Search Indexing Works
  • Designing Search Interfaces

Accessibility in SharePoint

  • Accessibility Today
  • Accessibility in SharePoint
  • Customizing SharePoint for Accessibility
  • Tools and Validators
What You Can Expect

At the end of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Define the requirements for a site
  • Evaluate and apply proven design techniques
  • Understand the variety of design options for a site type
  • Create, evaluate, and improve site solutions
  • Document design decisions
  • Understand design patterns that apply to SharePoint
  • Avoid pitfalls of poor site design
  • Conduct a design review
Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for site administrators, site designers, developers, seasoned users who want to experience and apply the important options that the SharePoint environment offers. People who have attended the Power Users and Intermediate classes would benefit in taking this design oriented class. With Web 2.0 leading the way in current day design, anyone interested in SharePoint' s approach will enjoy the class.

Recommended Prerequisites

Site modification experience including lists, libraries, pages, web parts, and security, HTML and CSS creation and modification.

Training Style

Lecture (50%) / Lab (50%)

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Related Courses
Code Course Title Duration Level
SharePoint Advanced
3 Days
Configuring and Administering Microsoft SharePoint 2010
5 Days
Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
5 Days

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Schedule For This Course
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