Tuesday, 28 April 2015

SharePoint 2013 : Creating a Composed Look

With SharePoint 2013, many new features has been introduced by Microsoft like Device Channels, Cross Site Publishing, App Model, JS Link and many more. Among those many new cool features, one is Composed Look which has brought a revolution around the previous concept of themes. 

Before we actually dive into the Theming engine, let us understand what themes actually are and after which we will talk about Composed Looks. 

As quoted from MSDN “Themes give you a quick and easy way to change the look and feel of any site in SharePoint 2013. They are predesigned collections of web page elements, such as fonts, color schemes, layout, and background pictures that come with SharePoint 2013.

From an end user perspective, this is a very powerful feature as the users can select an OOTB available design and change the color, font, background image and layout etc. as well as create a new design altogether. We will get on to how to achieve this in a little while.

With the advent of SharePoint 2013, there has been great improvement around the Theming Engine. Now we are not required to make themes in the Office client anymore. A new feature has been introduced by Microsoft namedComposed Looks.  If you browse to the Site Settings > Look and Feel there you can see a link to Change the Look. Clicking on this link will land you on a page where you can see all the available composed looks that you can select from. 

In SharePoint 2013 the theming engine has been revamped keeping into consideration the power users so as to facilitate them with a simple solution in the form of an interface where they can change the theme of their SharePoint 2013 site so that it gets aligned with their corporate branding standards in terms of color, fonts etc. without investing much time into it. It is indeed a very powerful feature when it comes to the enterprise. 

With composed looks, you can offer your Power Users with a list of branded looks and also give them the flexibility to do some modifications around the layout, color, fonts and images.

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