SharePoint 101: Customizing Your SharePoint Site

Make your team feel right at home in their new SharePoint environment by customizing the look and feel of your SharePoint site in three easy steps.

1. Choose a Template

Finding the right template for your new site is easy thanks to the free Fabulous 40 templates pack (only available with SharePoint 2007). The pack includes pre-installed, pre-built templates for the most popular business tasks. As you set up your page or create new workspaces, you’ll be prompted to select a template. Choose carefully, once chosen, the template cannot be changed. Templates cover:


Six templates that address the need to keep teams engaged and informed. Includes templates for wikis, blogs, and document collaboration. Most Popular: The Team Site template provides a document library, and lists for managing announcements, calendar items, tasks, and discussions.


More than just a meeting a planner, the Meetings templates offer a place to hold documents, outcomes, and other information regarding meetings. Most Popular: Basic Meeting Workspace creates a place to plan, organize, and record meeting information, agendas, attendees, and documents.


Automate tedious business processes or sets of tasks with Application templates covering tasks like time reporting, inventory tracking, project management, and more. Most Popular: The Contacts Management template provides a fast, easy way to publish contact information accessible by multiple team members.


A set of templates built to serve specific business or industry needs. Most Popular: Classroom Management gives educators and students a centralized place to organize and store class-related information.

During the setup process, you’ll also have the option of determining how your Quick Launch Display (the set of links displayed on the left side of the home page) and top navigation bar appear.

2. Select a Site Theme

Once you’ve created your site, you can use Site Themes to change the color and fonts. To change your Site Theme, click on Site Actions in SharePoint and select Site Settings. Under the Look and Feel heading, click on Site Themes and select a theme. The window to the left will show the results of your selection before making a choice.

3. Add Your Logo

To add a logo, click on Site Actions and select the Site Settings link. On the Site Settings page, under the Look and Feel heading, click on Title, Description, and Icon. From there, you can upload a logo that will appear in the top left-hand corner of the site. Once you’ve customized your ideal workspace, you can save it as a template to be used over and over again.

Need help planning or designing your SharePoint environment? Our partners at SharePoint 911 can provide expert advice and guidance. For more information about selecting and using SharePoint, view the SharePoint webinar series in our Support Site. If you don’t have a SharePoint account, get started now. Add email service, and get a free 250MB SharePoint site.

Lizetta Staplefoote is a Rackspace Marketing Copywriter with a decade of experience writing about small business challenges for healthcare, real estate, and technology. Her passion is researching and writing about the impact of cloud computing. When she's not wordsmithing, she enjoys hanging out with her sons, exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, and feeding her music addiction.


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