Become a pro in SharePoint 2013 with master pages

 Feb 03, 2014

Designing SharePoint master pages shouldn’t be a challenge! When it comes to designing a new SharePoint site, we get a default theme that essentially does not represent the style or branding of your company. In SharePoint 2010 and earlier, the site design process was a nightmare because web designers often lacked the technical knowledge of SharePoint and SharePoint developers lacked the expertise in web design. To address this issue, SharePoint 2013 introduces a new theme model. This model gives you the ability to use standard web design technologies like HTML, CSS and JavaScript to build master pages and other site assets as well as the ability to use the components that the SharePoint Publishing site offers. Here are a few steps that you can take to create a simple SharePoint 2013 master page 1. Create a new HTML page Start off by creating a HTML page that will act as your master page with CSS and Script references. You don’t need to include any SharePoint or ASP.Net markup at this stage. Master Pages in SharePoint 2. Upload the HTML page Upload your newly created master page to the SharePoint master page gallery. This gallery is a specialised list that stores your custom master pages. Simply map a new network drive to the location of the master pages gallery, for example, http://sp2013/_catalogs/masterpage/ 3. Use Design Manager Use the new component called ‘Design Manager’ to convert the HTML design into a fully functional SharePoint master page. You can access the Design Manager from the ‘Settings’ menu on any SharePoint page.

Master Pages in SharePoint

4. Edit your SharePoint master page Design manager can then be used to edit the newly converted SharePoint master page to add Snippets of various SharePoint components.

Master Pages in SharePoint

Once these steps are completed you have your foot in the door for using your own custom master page within your SharePoint environment.

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About the Author:

Auret Swanepoel  

As a recent addition to the New Horizons team, Auret is a highly skilled and qualified IT Technical trainer. He has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) since 2008 and has since then, also become a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and a Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP). With his international experience as a trainer in South Africa, Auret is able to adapt his teaching style to different audiences in the classroom and ensure that students are learning in a positive and collaborative environment.

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