Personalizing the Panda: Drive a Consistent SharePoint Deployment with Branding and Permissions

Deploying SharePoint requires a true partnership across all lines of your business to:

  • Discover the vision and identify the goals that will deem your rollout a success
  • Plan a phased approach that doesn’t leave any users behind
  • Engage your company by clearly communicating the benefits they’ll receive by using SharePoint
  • Measure the impact of your rollout to amplify what works and quickly fix where users encounter challenges

If it was easy, then everyone would do it. The reality, though, is that it’s not: Research finds half of organizations view their SharePoint deployments as failures due to lack of senior leadership endorsement, no training, and poor planning.

We have a great 11-step process you can download today to help you plan a successful SharePoint deployment. We go even deeper into these steps in our eBook on end-user adoption, which you can also receive for free. 

Amidst all the work you need to do in order to successfully deploy SharePoint, there are two facets you must get right: consistent branding and streamlined permissions.

Whenever you are releasing anything new, you want to make sure you put your best face (and foot) forward. This means you must have the right branding consistently across every page and site you deploy with SharePoint. You also need to ensure the right people have the right access to the right sites at the right time. This can be difficult to do on a one-off basis.

The good news is that Content Panda for SharePoint has helped more than 500,000 individuals in these areas, and we’re ready to work with you to achieve the same results.

Easily Granting the Right SharePoint Permissions to the Right People

SharePoint is a very flexible, extensible platform and so is the security model built around it. You can define security permissions from the site collection or site level all the way down to a single item or document. You can assign these permissions directly to individual users, but doing so will create management headaches for years to come.

Best practices for setting permissions should come from your corporate security requirements. If security is managed centrally in your organization, then take advantage of SharePoint’s ability to create Active Directory groups. If your organization allows users to manage access to content on an individual associate basis, you can use SharePoint’s Groups functionality.

We recommend you use Active Directory for your largest segments and only use SharePoint groups for small pockets of users where you don’t expect much growth.

With Content Panda, it doesn’t matter whether you use Active Directory or Groups to handle user permissions. Our central management console allows you to streamline how you grant permissions throughout your entire deployment.  

Driving a Consistent Branding Experience on SharePoint

In our experience, we’ve found that most companies have branding standards on how it uses colors, fonts, and logos.

Your SharePoint deployment should be no different. It’s vital to ensure you are using these branding standards as early in the process as possible, so that you can avoid reworking templates down the road. SharePoint comes with a Master Page Gallery that you can use to drive wireframes and branding of your entire SharePoint deployment, from the home page down to the individual site collections and document libraries.

Because Content Panda is built specifically for SharePoint, the platform is baked directly into the SharePoint user interface, making it a snap to use the platform’s native branding features to customize your branding as you see fit.  

Watch our video and see how you can centrally manage permissions and branding for your entire SharePoint deployment with drag-and-drop ease.  

When you’re ready to learn just how powerfully Content Panda can transform your SharePoint user experience, book a quick chat with us – as little as 15 minutes – to get started on the road to successful end user adoption.

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