SPB usage guide – 1 Download and Installation
This is the guide on how to install and use the SharePoint Branding Project.
Download: Visual Studio gallery
The guide is devided into three parts:
1 Download and Installation
3 Deployment and verification (soon to be released)
Allow me to welcome you on a journey to the wonderful world of SharePoint Branding. I created this SharePoint Branding Project thinking that the overhead and the learning curve to just get started with branding, was way too high. The amount of blogs to read and discard until you could actually build you very first, very basic custom branding solution, it was rediculous! Now pretty recently, the guides on Technet have been improved and most of them actually work, but it is still a long way to go if you want to start from scratch with little or no knowledge about how you go about creating such a project in Visual Studio.
With the SharePoint Branding Project, you can brand your company, organization or customer SharePoint in about 10 minutes, and you will have full control doing so. Follow this guide and you will cruise all the way to the finnish line.
To use this template, you need a SharePoint 2010 and Visual Studio on the same machine. If you can follow instructions, then you can achieve this.
Now, lets get started and have some fun, this IS fun after all!
There are two ways to download the extension file from the Visual Studio Gallery, the first is to simply go to the Visual Studio gallery, Click SPB.
Then on the large purple button, Click Download.
In the annoying but useful IE download bar, Click Open.
Click ‘Install’ to install the extension into Visual Studio.
When the extension is installed you will get a ‘Complete’ notice. Click Close in the dialog.
You are now done downloading and Installing the actual extension and you can now move on to the interesting stuff, to create a SharePoint Branding Project in Visual Studio.
But before we go into how, we will show you another way to install the extension. From Visual Studio Extension Manager. The extension manager will show the installed extension regarless of the way you installed it, here you will also be notified of updates that have been released of the same extension.
Follow these steps from Visual Studio:
Start the Extension Manager from Visual Studio, Tools menu, Click Extension Manager…
Click Online Gallery and search for SPB or browse the ‘Templates’ category and ‘SharePoint’ and you will find the SPB extension.
Click Download and the file will download and initiate the installation. Click Install in the next dialog:
When the extesion have been installed, you can’t wait to get going with the branding right. Ok, we will start that part, regardless of the way you choose to perform the download and installation, and the installation (Which is very quick) has completed, in Visual Studio, select File, New and Click Project:
In the Installed Templates section, select Visual C#, SharePoint, 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Branding Project.
Name the project (This name will also be the name of the SharePoint Feature once deployed to SharePoint), select the projects file location and Click OK.
Now you are done with the installation and can move on to the next step in this guide:
or jump directly to the last step, not recommended:
3 Deployment and verification(soon to be released)