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Branding Sharepoint 2010 team site

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What would be the best practice to modify a look and feel of a Sharepoint 2010 team site without publishing features enabled? I guess I just need attach an alternate CSS but how do I do it in this scenario?
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by:Justin Smith
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Download SharePoint Designer, to start with.

You could look at a bunch of blogs, but honestly, get a book.  I can vouch for the author's of the following:

http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-SharePoint-Designer-Woodrow-Windischman/dp/0470643161/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1299638094&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.com/Professional-SharePoint-Branding-Interface-Programmer/dp/0470584645/ref=pd_sim_b_1
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by:MisUszatek
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Can you at least give me an explanation in 2 sentences how to attach a CSS file to a site without publishing features? Where the CSS file goes and how to attach it so the site uses it. That's all I need for now.
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by:Chris-Vielife
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in short, CSS modification in SharePoint 2010 is a minefield.


As stated above you will need SharePoint Designer.

In 2010 the CSS files are split into several smaller files and loaded on demand to reduce page payload, so you will need to replicate your CSS changes from your existing CSS files into the new (multiple) CSS files.

Master Pages are very easy to upgrade. Essentially you swap out a few controls to dynamically load CSS and JS and add a div to hold the ribbon. You also swap out the searchbox control.

.... Personally I would not bother with editing the CSS files. Customising SharePoint I have found to be tricky since its all the Microsoft way which can be unforgiving to custom changes.

There are packages for a price where people have worked out all the variables and created custom themes which are more professional looking.

Here is a link for custom colour theme's
http://www.spdavid.com/post/2010/01/16/Custom-SharePoint-2010-Themes.aspx

here is a link to a custom theme
http://www.sharepointpackages.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=77
(Which I recommend they have done an excellent job of it.)

Hope that helps


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Because this is what I needed.
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