The out-of-the-box look and feel of SharePoint 2010 is a lot nicer than the 2007 version. Be that as it may be, you still might want to customize your site collections. I've been looking into a quick and easy way to do this using a feature in a sandboxed solution and I'm happy to say it's not very hard.
Have you ever noticed that if you hover your mouse over the search button on the default BlueBand.master, it doesn't behave the way you'd expect it to? This is caused by a missing tag in the masterpage, and is quite easy to fix if you know what to do. Lucky for you, I've got the scoop.
This is the first of a series of articles covering how to customize the BlueBand.master masterpage that is part of the default Sharepoint installation. In this article I'll take a look at how to customize the header area, which includes the logo and site description as well as a fancy background.