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SharePoint Templates for V3

Sharepoint Experts – Dustin Miller provides us with a demo site featuring 20 server admin templates.

It’s a great help for us as we can check out all the features of each site template on live demo version. Login information is also provided there. I haven’t test out WSS V3 yet, but I heard it improves alot from the previous version. May be I’ll check it properly when the next sharepoint project comes in.

View V3 Demo Site here. | via: The Boiler Room

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  • In WSS, there is no default header or whatsoever, it only has “Top Menu Bar” with those main navigations like “Settings”, “Document Libraries”, etc.
    My understanding of the “Header” is the image that go on top of the “Top Menu Bar” which span through out the site.

    Header image is the first thing you set to customise your WSS sites. There are numbers of CSS files for you to play with for the look and feel of the whole site.

    For this header part can be manipulated from OWS.css file, which sits at
    c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\60\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS\1033\STYLES

    Place your header image here: c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\60\TEMPLATE\IMAGES

    For WSS adding the header image tips, you must read this first two articles. #1 A Quick Way to Add/Change the SharePoint Header Area Graphic and #2 Adventures in CSS: Putting a banner image above the menubar in WSS

    My version include abit of adjustment from the second article. The main difference between #2 and mine is that, #2 made use of second table’s CSS ie. .ms-bannerframe to apply the header image whereas in mine, I’ve use the first table’s CSS – .ms-main as you seen in the following code.


    The image is added in .ms-main as followed. Once you add the image, the top menu bar still sit on top. To move the top bar down, you have to add margin-top space to .ms-bannerframe.

    background-image: url(“/_layouts/images/ats_intranet_header.jpg”);
    height: 170px;
    background-repeat: no-repeat;


    .ms-bannerframe, .ms-GRHeaderBackground, .ms-storMeFree {
    margin-top: 170px;
    background-image: url(“/_layouts/images/topgrad.gif”);
    background-color: #002d96;
    background-repeat: repeat-x;

    The method in #2 is mainly for default theme sites but once you apply it with different themes, the top-menu bar appear out of control. It is due to the image height set in .ms-bannerframe which is applied to second table and it acts as a background image for top-menu bar as well.

    margin-top: 170px; this leave the space for the header image. The height of your header image should go there, ie. the one you use in .ms-main class. In my case it’s 170px.

    .ms-bannerframe, .ms-grheaderbackground, .ms-stormefree {
    background-image: url(sitelogo.jpg);
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    border-bottom: 0px solid;
    height: 72px;

    Article 2 style effect: Theme1, Theme2, Default Theme
    3 2 1

    My Style effect: Theme1, Theme2, Default Theme
    good-temp1 good-temp2 good-tempDefault

    The disadvantage of my method is that, you need a fix image width. You cannot apply background color to it cos’ it will cover the whole page background as well. Also it doesnt work for individual webpart pages ie. a separate webpart .aspx pages that you created in document library. I’m yet to figure that out.
    What is the advantage? hehe well it serves my purpose cos’ none of #1 and #2 work with my requirement.

    This is just an extra note added to the first two articles, so that whoever with similar to my case can make use of it.

    Thanks Ian for the articles.
    Links: A Quick Way to Add/Change the SharePoint Header Area Graphic
    Adventures in CSS: Putting a banner image above the menubar in WSS

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  • Gloomy May

    I don’t feel like blogging lately. Not that I don’t have anything to write about, actually I got lots to write about. Just that I’m lacking motivation to type up. My random thoughts are always roaming in my head but to put them in proper wording is the problem.

    One of the reasons I’m lacking motivation these days is cos’ I’m disappointed with one of my current projects.
    We’re using WSS(Windows Sharepoint Services) in intranet project that I’m doing and it’s giving me such a pain and messing up my good mood.

    To start of, WSS is such a pain in the god damn unspoken part. It has such a crappy user interface and a documentation. The customization is too painful and lack of good sample resources online. (I still can’t find proper sample documentation for what I’m trying to do yet). I’m struggling with it for a few weeks already and still can’t figure out much from head to tail. The whole day I sit at my desk, read, research, test, scratch my head, pull hair, curse this and that, etc etc. Not only that, I go home, thinking about WSS, I watch TV thinking about WSS, I eat, sleep, go toilet, thinking about WSS. I can’t think of other things to do but think about WSS and have unsettle feeling about unresolved things on WSS. I’m starting to get scared to go to work, to face that damn project again. God damn WSS!!!

    Another reason my lack of motivation is that, I’m pretty much disappointed with my whole life situation. (yah big thing haha) There are lots of things I want to do which cannot be done. For example,
    I’m disappointed with my work,
    I’m disappointed with my pay,
    I’m disappointed about my mentor leaving the company,
    I’m disappointed about my inability to do things,
    I’m disappointed that I’m a terrible programmer,
    I’m disappointed about me being a bad sister,
    I’m disappointed about me being an unhelpful daughter,
    I’m disappointed about me being an unfriendly friend,
    I’m disappointed that I’m so lazy,
    I’m disappointed that I lack motivation to do things,
    I’m disappointed that I can never satisfy with things,
    I’m disappointed about me talking about my disappointments here,
    Damn I’m so disappointed in me.

    Oh well enough about my gloomy life, I’ve decided to pull myself back on track and catch things up. Hope to update my blog regularly this month and months ahead. :-)
    Thanks you for visiting here and being an understandable reader.

    With Sincere Appreciations,
    Gloomy May.

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