MOSS 2007 – Save site as a template missing

This is just a quick one for Tony.  😉

If you are trying to save a site as a template in WSS v3 or MOSS 2007 you will find that the link “Save site as template” is only available under Look and Feel at the Top Level of the site collection.  Doesn’t really help if you want to save a sub site as a template now does it?  If you would like to save a sub site as a template you need to append _layouts/savetmpl.aspx to your sub sites url.  I am guessing Microsoft just forgot this link and it will be around by the time we go RTM.

So just to make it clear.  If your subsite is

You would go to

and then you would be able to save the site as a template.

Shane SharePoint Help


25 thoughts on “MOSS 2007 – Save site as a template missing”

  1. Tony/Shane,

    Thanks for sharing the information. Now I am able to save Sub-sites as Template.

    But while doing this I came accross yet another problem. Following are the details of steps I did:
    1. I created a Site under a Site-Collection using “Wiki Site” Template,
    2. Then I saved the Sub-Site as Template,
    3. In the same Site-Collection, I started creating new Sub-Site this time using the template I saved.
    Cannot open “Test/Wiki Pages/Home.aspx”: no such file or folder.

    Troubleshoot issues with Windows SharePoint Services.

    Where as when I tried doing the same steps with “Blog” template instead of “Wiki Site” (Mentioned in Step 1) everything worked fine.

    That means there is some problem in the “Wiki Site” Template.

    It will be great if you can give some solution to this problem in this post as it is related to saving of site templates.


  2. Hi,

    I created a site template (after applying the hotfix) and restored the same to a newly created site. It works fine if the content is not included. But, the problem is that if the ‘Include Content’ is selected and if a list is having a column type as User or Group then the information is not displayed in the list items. Does anyone have pointers in this regards? Please help.


  3. Slick- I’ve been used to the “paste a /_layouts/1033/…” trick in SharePoint 2003 for certain operations (like managing the Site Users for a specific WSS site).

    This info and technique is a good find- I just used it to create some templates for a few MOSS web applications.


  4. Can you specify where the templates are saved? Does the user need to be a site admin or developer to save the templates? I have a user that has full control to a subsite and has full control but is not part of the site admin group, is there a workaround for this?

  5. > I am guessing Microsoft just forgot
    > this link and it will be around by
    > the time we go RTM.

    Well, even after 4 years, this is still the case.
    Thanks for the info.

  6. I have tried this but it does not work for me I am using SP2007 and when i follow the steps i get the error message “‘urlname’ contains illegal character’/’. have tried losing / but does not resolve…. dont know what to do next, help???

  7. Got an error while saving template with content.Error creating solution. The maximum total file size limit (52428800 bytes) has been exceeded.
    How to increase the limit?
    Thanks in advance.

  8. This worked great. The only other thing you need to do that wasn’t meinotned above is go to services in CA and make sure the user profile service is started.

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