Deploying Branding in
WHAT’S IN THIS CHAPTER?
Introduction to branding deployment in SharePoint
Customized and uncustomized ﬁ les
Options for deploying SharePoint branding assets
Creating a SharePoint solution and feature
Most of the chapters throughout this book have discussed the processes involved in planning
and creating your SharePoint branding. This chapter discusses the ﬁ nal piece of the design
process: deployment. In other words, this chapter covers your options for putting your design
into production. By understanding the pros and cons of each option, you can better under-
stand what approach would be best for your speciﬁ c project.
If you are already familiar with the concept of SharePoint branding deployment you may be
thinking to yourself, “Isn’t this a developer topic?” In some cases, it most deﬁ nitely is a devel-
oper topic, whereas in other cases developer involvement may not be needed at all. However,
because designers often play a key role in the SharePoint branding process, it is crucial that
you be familiar with the options for branding deployment. That way, you can cooperate with
developers or server administrators if necessary to work through the details of deploying your
SharePoint branding assets. In some cases, you might even be the person responsible for deploy-
ing the branding assets, in which case knowledge of the process is critical.
There have been signiﬁ cant improvements to the tools used to deploy custom branding to
SharePoint 2010, making the process easier than ever before. This chapter discusses the vari-
ous options and approaches available for deploying branding ﬁ les to SharePoint 2010 and
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