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.
We had a nice opening ceremony which was attended by the local news paper (see below).
I have posted a few of my new SharePoint Master Pages and Styles below
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I will post some more designs very shortly.
- Find the web.config file for the web application
- Backup web.config and then open the file in notepad
- Append the <defaultProxy> tag to include the proxy details
- Substitute http://proxy:80/ with your proxy address and port
- Save the web.config file
<proxy usesystemdefault=”false” proxyaddress=”http://proxy:80/” bypassonlocal=”true” />
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:
<meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=EmulateIE7″ />
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!).
It can be very annoying having users accidently close web parts. It’s a long process to restore them.
To re-open a closed web part:
Go to Site Actions > Edit Page:
o Add a web part
o Advanced Web part gallery and options
o Select “Closed Web Parts”
o Drag-n-drop the web part back onto your page
To prevent this process from happening, try turning off the close web part button. It doesn’t remove the possibility of a user closing the web part but makes it much less likely to accidently happen!
For Each Web Part:
1. Click on the web part menu and choose “Modify Shared Web Part” (as shown below)
2. Expand “Advanced”
3. Uncheck “Allow Close” (see below)
4. Press OK
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
Once the site feature is activated you can goto Site Actions –> Site Settings –> Master Page and select your master page from the list (tick the box if you want it to apply to all the subsites)
Result – A custom master page which can be inherited by all the site’s children and the forms.
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.
West Park will showcase Tony’s MLE community to 1500 delegates from schools around the country. The show is split into 11 themed zones that support all areas of secondary education, one of which is dedicated to New Technologies. Much of the area is devoted to an exhibition area for New Technologies-related companies but there is an area put aside for school presentations.
West Park will showcase the primary and secondary Managed Learning Environments in the New Technologies section of the show because of its impact on student achievement. Redhill and West Park MLEs will be presented showcasing the podcasting, built in video library, parental access and consolidated management system with live registers and student database.
Check out my latest Sharepoint Themes at http://www.tonyishere.co.uk/web.php
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Image of car used from original F1 site – replica of original site using sharepoint
Redhill School Portal written in CSS, HTML and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2003
Redhill Pupils Portal (Video Page) written in CSS, HTML, Flash and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2003
West Park School Virtual Learning Environment created in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS)
Redhill Primary School Virtual Learning Environment created in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) – custom theme with images created in photoshop