So I am working on the project plan for the first release of our new intranet, working on the IA and such, and saw the need to have content in more than one place. I saw that there was a list called Reusable Content so I looked it up and it acts much like how library items work in Dreamweaver. Instead of adding the copy to multiple locations directly, you add the reusable content into the list, and then when you go to add the content in the specific locations, you tell the page to use source from the reusable content list. I think that this is very cool. You update the page once and it updates across the board wherever it is used. You can also use the list to just store a link or a paragraph-anything that may be repeated. Here is a really good overview: http://blog.funknstyle.com/?p=577
I thought that the search area on the top of each page was a bit bland and I set out to style it. The whole search area is enclosed in an id, WebPartWPQ1. I added this id to my theme css and gave the area some padding and margins, and I added a background. To change the color of the background of the magnifying glass, I copied the td.ms-sbgo class from core and changed the background color. Is nice, yes?
The fourth strip on the page from top, containing the site image placeholder, breadcrumb and page title:
Third stripe from top of page, containing the top nav tab navigation and the site actions tab.
Style breakdown for the second strip of content on the page, includes site logo, site title (hidden here) and search areas.
I started my theme from the top; here it is, whole top bar, includes site link and welcome area:
I am finally done with my first full theme! I used Jet as the base and just started from the top on down, changing everything I didn’t like along the way. For reference on how to set up the theme, which files to change, etc., I used the information I received at Heather Solomon’s Branding Bootcamp.