Thoughts on branding in Office 365/SharePoint

Sometimes I wish that there was just one way to brand SharePoint and it would be fast and easy. Well I can dream on, right? There are so many ways to do this, and I have tried to sort out what the best way would be to brand a site with least amount of work and to avoid user interaction on new sites. You who have branded sites using Master Pages knows what I am talking about: yes, you create a fancy

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How fast can you brand a site :)

Tonight I built a site definition with a brand new design for a WSS site, easy. Took me about three hours to rebuilt it totally – both the default.aspx and the core.css. Of course I didn’t edit the core.css, but called my file hardcore.css! I am used to work with MOSS and the master pages which is very straight forward and where you just enable publishing features on the site and get all the design elements by selecting your master page. With a site definition you have all the files in the 12 hive instead and put them all together in a definition package and activate them as a feature. Should be faster to load the design using site definition compared to loading a master page. What do you think??