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In this post I’ll describe a technique for branding a FAST Search for SharePoint Search Center. There are three places where branding changes are often made:
We’ll build this all using Visual Studio 2010 into a site collection feature that can be applied to any search center. When the feature is activated, the search center will be applied and the publishing pages made active. On deactivation, we’ll roll back our changes so the solution can be properly retracted. Lastly for good measure, we’ll add in some logging to the ULS.
This won’t show any actual snazzy branding (I’m no UI designer). I’ll just be adding a custom css file and enough changes to the templates to prove that the customized versions are being used.
The first of a series of posts on using the BCS for feeding content into FAST Search for SharePoint. We'll set the table for what the series will cover and then dive right in to creating a brand new BCS project and getting a test document indexed into FAST.
Click through... it's a bit long!