SharePoint Pitfalls: Save Publishing Site as Template Option Missing

If you want to save a publishing site as a template, so that it can be used to create other sites, you may find it surprising that the option is missing from the site settings page:

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I don’t know exactly why, but publishing sites hide this option, however, it’s not difficult to get around it: just navigate to /_layouts/15/savetmpl.aspx. But, wait, what if you get this?

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Easy, easy. Open your site in SharePoint Designer, click Site Options:

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and change the value of property SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled from false to true:

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And now you will be able to access savetmpl.aspx and save your site.

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Ricardo Peres

Team Leader at Dixons Carphone. Microsoft MVP.

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