Introduction to Master Pages and CSS

This section introduces you to options available when working with and applying SharePoint master pages to sites through the Web interface. To learn how to create new SharePoint master pages using SharePoint Designer and dive further into SharePoint master page architecture, see Chapter 17.

Master pages in SharePoint were originally introduced as the basis for globally customizing sites in SharePoint 2007. In SharePoint 2010, master pages continue to be the basis upon which global site customizations are managed. Master pages provide the maximum amount of branding opportunity, including positioning objects on pages and, when combined with CSS, HTML/XHTML and JavaScript, they provide consistent user interface ...

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