Here’s one of my most recent designs for a school in Bradford. It’s SharePoint 2007 site using CSS, master pages and page layouts. It’s an interface for a primary school which hopefully makes it easier to use without losing the SharePoint functionality.
When using the Blueband masterpage or a custom masterpage, you may find that the drop-down menus don’t work in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).
There is a fix for internet explorer or you can view the page in compatibility mode. The only problem is you can’t expect all your users to know how to do this. Your site will be unusable to some of your users.
To fix this problem include the following meta tag into your masterpage:
It will force IE8 to render the page as it would if it was still IE7. Maybe not the best of fixes but all that Microsoft provide at the moment. The SP2 update to sharepoint just adds this line into the Masterpages (this will not add it into custom masterpages that you have already made!).
Ok, your publishing pages inherit fine but what if you want to inherit a master page on multiple site collections?
Unfortunately there is no easy way to do this if you want it to apply to the form pages as well, you could apply that master page to the entire web application but this would restrict one master page for the site. You need to create a site feature based on this master page template.
1. Open your master page in SharePoint Designer 2007 and make the appropriate changes to the site.
3. Copy and paste your master page code into notepad and save as masterpageName.master
4. Follow Heather Solomon’s excellent tutorial on creating a site feature and use your MasterpageName.master as the master page template
The HTML was added to the Master Page by inserting a new table row under the ms-globalTitleArea table cell. This is one of the best places for a banner as it spans the width of the page.
The flash banner was added in the actual page as I didn’t want the flash banner to appear on any other page except the home page.
I had my first go at creating a custom form for ISA server today. The implementation went well considering i have never really used ISA server before. My aim is to create a second version of the form which will be more creative and personalised (now i have lost my fear of touching ISA server). I’m hoping to use the string file to change the text, to give it a more west park feel. Images and logos created in PhotoShop.
I've been working with Microsoft SharePoint since 2003 and specialise in branding, implementation and design of SharePoint installations. I'm a Microsoft Certified Professional and graduated from The University of Derby with BSc (Hons) in Digital Entertainment. I currently run a SharePoint and Office 365 consultancy business called Cloud Design Box Ltd. I work with clients across the UK and all over the world, please feel free to contact me via the contact page if you require consultancy or via twitter for general questions.