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  • Question

  • I've found lots of information on setting and editing master pages on the full paid version of Sharepoint, but nothing on editing them when all that is available is the Foundation version.

    Anyone have any pointers on changing the master pages????

    thanks

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013 8:39 PM

Answers

  • Just to add to what Doug said.  Randy and I are working on a new version of our branding book and the topic of branding SPF has been a big topic of discussion.  In SP2013 just about every version of the product now includes the Design Manager (including O365) -- the only version that doesn't get this capability is SPF.  And to make things a bit more difficult, there's no more design view in SPD. 

    The whole design experience has been updated in Server to make it so you can edit docs in your tool of choice by editing an HTML file -- and you also get some nice preview capabilities with Design Manager. Not much help if you've got SPF.

    Pretty much your best option with SPF is to use a starter master page with SPD.  It definitely does make things a bit more difficult and the experience isn't ideal. What I've been suggesting for branding SPF in most cases is to just leverage the new composed looks.

    One thing you COULD do potentially is sign up for an O365 trial account, use Design Manager to do your thing, then move the files over to your environment. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. Just a thought.


    John Ross
    SharePoint Server MVP | Sr. Consultant Rackspace: SharePoint Consulting
    Blog: http://johnrossjr.wordpress.com
    Twitter: @JohnRossJr

    Professional SharePoint 2010 Branding and User Interface Design (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)

    • Marked as answer by GuYuming Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:32 AM
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:30 PM
  • I would suggest starting with Randy Drisgill's starter master pages (work with SharePoint Foundation). The blog about the master pages is here:

    http://blog.drisgill.com/2012/10/sharepoint-2013-starter-master-pages.html

    Here is the codeplex project where you can download them:

    http://startermasterpages.codeplex.com/

    This post from Microsoft gives you a little information on how to replace the master pages once you have created them. Note that it is for SharePoint 2010 but applies similarly to SharePoint 2013

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee537576(v=office.14).aspx


    Doug Hemminger http://www.sharepointdoug.com

    • Marked as answer by GuYuming Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:43 AM
    Tuesday, February 26, 2013 9:06 PM

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  • I would suggest starting with Randy Drisgill's starter master pages (work with SharePoint Foundation). The blog about the master pages is here:

    http://blog.drisgill.com/2012/10/sharepoint-2013-starter-master-pages.html

    Here is the codeplex project where you can download them:

    http://startermasterpages.codeplex.com/

    This post from Microsoft gives you a little information on how to replace the master pages once you have created them. Note that it is for SharePoint 2010 but applies similarly to SharePoint 2013

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee537576(v=office.14).aspx


    Doug Hemminger http://www.sharepointdoug.com

    • Marked as answer by GuYuming Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:43 AM
    Tuesday, February 26, 2013 9:06 PM
  • Just to add to what Doug said.  Randy and I are working on a new version of our branding book and the topic of branding SPF has been a big topic of discussion.  In SP2013 just about every version of the product now includes the Design Manager (including O365) -- the only version that doesn't get this capability is SPF.  And to make things a bit more difficult, there's no more design view in SPD. 

    The whole design experience has been updated in Server to make it so you can edit docs in your tool of choice by editing an HTML file -- and you also get some nice preview capabilities with Design Manager. Not much help if you've got SPF.

    Pretty much your best option with SPF is to use a starter master page with SPD.  It definitely does make things a bit more difficult and the experience isn't ideal. What I've been suggesting for branding SPF in most cases is to just leverage the new composed looks.

    One thing you COULD do potentially is sign up for an O365 trial account, use Design Manager to do your thing, then move the files over to your environment. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. Just a thought.


    John Ross
    SharePoint Server MVP | Sr. Consultant Rackspace: SharePoint Consulting
    Blog: http://johnrossjr.wordpress.com
    Twitter: @JohnRossJr

    Professional SharePoint 2010 Branding and User Interface Design (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)

    • Marked as answer by GuYuming Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:32 AM
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:30 PM
  • John-

    According to the features list for on-premise installs, Design Manager is available for SharePoint Foundation. 

    Is this true, or am I missing something?

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819267.aspx#bkmk_FeaturesOnPremise

    

    Friday, May 31, 2013 9:30 PM
  • Oops...no. Looks like Microsoft updated the link you posted as well. Not only is Design Manager not available for Foundation, it's not available for any standard templates. Only publishing site templates. Unless you enable publishing features.
    Wednesday, June 26, 2013 2:14 AM