Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of SharePoint Designer 2013: Branding SharePoint Sites.
There are some experiences and skills that you should have, and some software that you need access to to get the most out of this course. I’m assuming first that you know something about SharePoint. This is not a beginning SharePoint course, so I’m assuming you can find your way around a site, perhaps you’re a power user, or you are somebody who’s already a site owner, or maybe you’ve designed SharePoint sites before in previous versions of SharePoint. I’m also assuming you know something about the basics of web design.
That you know HTML and that you know something about cascading style sheets. This course is not a course in web design either. It’s a course in how you use the tools that you already are familiar with along with SharePoint. So if you don’t know a lot about SharePoint, I want to recommend that you take a look at one of the courses in the lynda.com training library. Either SharePoint Server 2013 Essential Training or SharePoint Online Essential Training.
If you’re using SharePoint Foundation take either one of these and they will provide you with some information that will help you in the course. If you are brand new to web design you’ll find many many courses on Dreamweaver in the online training library, and it’s a great tool for creating websites. Or you could choose to download a free tool like Microsoft Expression Web or Notepad++, which can also be used to create websites. If you are just beginning your adventures in web design and branding I would encourage you towards Dreamweaver.
With those skills in place what should you have? Well, you need to have a SharePoint site. It might be a SharePoint Foundation site running on a Windows server. It could be a SharePoint Server standard or enterprise site, or a SharePoint online site, but whatever it is it’s not a site that’s already in production where people are working. It’s a site in a sandbox or a site that’s a test site that was made just for you to be able to learn with, and you’ll need to have a web design tool, because we’re going to be creating and opening HTML pages.
If you don’t have access to web design tool, I will introduce you to some options when you get to the part of the course where you need to have a site already that wasn’t created in SharePoint. Regardless of which of the versions of SharePoint you have, you need to either be a site owner or have full control of the site. If, for example, you are a power user on a SharePoint server site, but you’re not a site owner and you don’t have full control of a site, have a conversation with the site owner or with the site administrator, and ask for a site where you can have full control so that you can try out the things that I’m demonstrating in this course.
Let’s get started.
- Creating a new site
- Creating and editing pages
- Publishing a site
- Working with composed looks
- Modifying site navigation
- Adding images and video to your SharePoint site
- Customizing composed looks
- Creating master pages from HTML designs
- Using the Snippet Gallery