Chris is a Senior Software Engineer at ThreeWill. His area of focus is consulting in the development of Microsoft .NET and SharePoint technologies. His primary role has been development lead in recent projects. Project roles have ranged from Development/Technical Lead to Development Resource.
Can I customize/tailor my Office 365 tenant to meet my needs?
Absolutely! However, I would caution how far to take it… Please explore the platform and respective functionality before attempting to customize/tailor it.
A common customization is to revise the branding or look-and-feel. In this case, I would recommend starting with adding a company logo and experimenting with the built-in themes. There are also other themes available for purchase from third parties. If you require more detailed branding, have a look at what can be accomplished with some custom styling via CSS. Heather Solomon’s blog post, 92% of Branding SharePoint is CSS, So Why Are You Living in a Master Page?, does a great job showing what is possible with just CSS changes. I would avoid applying branding changes that require updates to a master page. There is a likely chance that Microsoft will change a master page in use. Such a change may cause your site and/or customizations to fail.
Have a look at the Customization reference links in the “What are the most important references I’ll need?” section. There are some customizations that can be done with out-of-the-box functionality. If you would like more detail, please feel free to contact us. We specialize in customizing SharePoint/Office 365 and would love to talk to you!
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