Coming from a web “designer” / graphic designer background, I have my fair share of beefs with SharePoint technologies as a web based platform. I’ll have a fairly detailed post outlining some of that in the next day or so, in the interim I wanted to share a positive experience I had today while a colleague and I were mulling about under the hood, and something just clicked.
I have spent the last several weeks/months and continue to spend my days immersed in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. Of course a major part of my focus is dealing with “customizing” the interface.
I am asked fairly often – What makes the next version better in terms of customization – today it finally sunk in and I have my pitch for designing in 2007.
“In past versions of SharePoint technologies I could strip a page down and customize it to the point it was unrecognizable as a “SharePoint” site. With 2007 technologies, I can not only strip a page down and customize it, but I can also empower users to “Create” pages based on the customized versions without ever writing a single line of code. That is a huge selling point 2007/v3 has over 2003/v2.
Don’t worry if you have no clue what I am talking about – I will be writing many step-by-step guides and articles on master pages, page layouts, content types, and how they can be leveraged using SharePoint Designer 2007 in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned – I have several other nice treats in the pipe which I’ll be able to share more on soon.