Note, the entire tutorial from start to finish will be available as a single zip file when it is complete, it will include all source html, css, PSD/Images etc.
I will assume mostly everyone is quite familiar with creating creating a default SharePoint site so I won’t waste much time here.
On the odd chance there are a couple of complete beginners I will run through the steps w/ screenshots real quick.
Go to your main portal page (http://yourserver), and click on Sites in the top menu.
Enter information about your site, such as the name and then click Create.
Select a template for your site. (These are actually site definitions, we will get into that later.) For now select Blank Site then click OK.
That’s it for creating a site within SharePoint so if you have never used SharePoint before, and have never created a website before you are now oficially able to create a website that easy, without writing a single line of code.
This still looks like SharePoint, and we just don’t want that. We want a cool design that reflects our brand! We want a “real website!”. That’s exactly what we’re going to get!
For those that are wondering why I didn’t create a site definition and apply ‘that’ rather than what I just did. This tutorial is creating a template which we will wrap up and deploy.
I will get into the differences of site definitions and site templates, what’s better, when they are better so don’t worry, it will be at the end.