In This Chapter
Understanding the basic components and structure of a SharePoint site
Selecting a new theme for your SharePoint site
Adding subsites to your SharePoint site
Looking at the contents and structure of the SharePoint site templates
Editing the content on the home page of your SharePoint site
This chapter covers the basic ways you can customize a brand-new SharePoint site so that your site contains just the right components and presents them just the way your teams need them in order to effectively collaborate. As part of setting up the SharePoint site for your teams, you'll find that you can quickly and easily customize much of the appearance and contents of the site right within your Web browser.
However, before I cover ways to tailor the standard, out-of-the-box SharePoint team site that your company's IT department or SharePoint host company turns over to you, you need to have a basic understanding of the principal parts of a SharePoint site and how SharePoint typically organizes them. Armed with this working knowledge, you'll then be ready to get to work customizing the new site specifically for your teams' use.
To understand how SharePoint sites are organized, you first need to be familiar with the basic building blocks that SharePoint uses to present the various kinds of information you choose to share. After that, you're ready to see how these blocks relate to one another ...