Simple Tricks on How to Customize SharePoint Sites
Simple Tricks on How to Customize SharePoint Sites

SharePoint is a Microsoft Technology Solution which is primarily a platform- a collection of software products installed on a server. 

When you’re customizing SharePoint, you need to ensure that you use sound practices or else you might land up in a mess that is hard to correct.

Read on for some simple tricks for SharePoint site so its performance can match its relevance.

Follow our simple tips and tricks for designing your SharePoint Site so its level of performance can match its level of suitability.

  1. Think: Before bringing in any major correction it is best if you could think about the intention behind it. Don’t just keep going on throwing parts out and bringing in newer parts on an impulse. On the contrary, devise a plan. Depending on your vision plan, figure out what you want to do and then let it guide you to your end objective.
  2. Ask Permissions: You won’t be in a position to change much if you don’t have the right permissions in place. Ensure a minimum permission to
    • Add and customize page
    • Change themes and border
    • Use style sheets

    If you don’t have these permissions, talk to the company that provided you the SharePoint development services or your IT administrator.

  3. Have an idea about the end users: Most end users won’t mind your artistic touches and pink borders, if that lets them get their work easily done. It will be advisable to keep your design simple and relevant to them.
  4. Begin by editing the content: This is the best way to edit sites in SharePoint. The page editor enables you to implement various functions, like moving the location of the web parts, changing colour and font size and other matters. 
  5. Editing sites settings: Site settings are employed to alter the overall look and feel of the site. These can be accessed through your setting menu. By clicking on Title, you can change its description and add your company logo. Voila.
  6. Change the Look and Feel: With the ‘look and feel’ section you can change your theme. There are wide range of free themes available from Microsoft. You can instantly change to see the change. You can also build your own theme if you prefer a more personal touch.          
  7. Web Parts: There’s a variety of Web Parts available for you to add to a site, depending on the SharePoint version you are using. From the ribbon, choose Web Parts and check all the different categories of Web Parts available for that page. Drag and apply the required Web Part onto your page. If you’re happy with it, edit the properties applicable to the Web Part for further modification.
  8. Workflows: There’s a full range of workflows you can add into a SharePoint site-for example, you can include a leave approval form into your personnel/HR site. This can set off an automatic approval process, be time responsive, and shuns mistakes or miscommunications.  
  9. Begin working with SharePoint Designer: SharePoint Designer is an ideal tool for Power Users to begin editing SharePoint environment. SharePoint designer gives a lot of options to fine tune your SharePoint site. Moreover there is no technical proficiency required. 
  10. Visual Studio for maximum effect: If you want to take your customization to another level you will have to start editing the underlying SharePoint. Visual Studio provides the ultimate development environment and the ideal place to initiate bigger changes. 

It is always good to remember that beyond the basics, editing a SharePoint Site can bring in a lot of challenges. If you feel unsure, it is always best to consult a company providing business technology advisory services.