Greetings from China, where we’ve just launched a public-facing website built in SharePoint 2010! It is for the International School of Beijing, and was built in SharePoint so that the website and internal portal (one of my other projects) speak the same language. This will make for easier management, training, and usability for people who have already been using the school’s internal portal. It took us a while to get past a few glitches, but it’s finally out!
Visit the site now: International School of Beijing
Key elements of this site:
- Custom publishing content type to keep things clean
- Use of CQWPs on the home page to rollup slideshow images, as well as useful links at the bottom
- Built with an HTML5 element’ed Master Page, and should be backwards compatible up to IE7
- jQuery Cycle plugin used for the home page slideshow
So, it’s a fairly straightforward site, and of course could be accomplished without using SharePoint, but I’m proud of what came out in the end. It took a core team of 3 people to push it out the door, with a few more people involved in the planning and launch. This is the first step in a bigger re-branding project that the school is going through, so expect design changes to happen throughout the year.