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'save site as template' missing SP2013 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello!

    I would like to save my webpart page as a template. The problem is that i don't see "save site as template" anywhere on this site. On another site i've created the "save site as template" is visible.

    What could be the problem? I think i activated the necessary features. 

    Thanks. 


    Monday, May 13, 2013 9:25 AM

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  • The most common cause for this is if you have activated the Publishing features in the site collection.  Saving a site as a template isn't supported when Publishing is turned on so the link is removed if that feature is active.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
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    Monday, May 13, 2013 12:11 PM
  • Hi,

    Open the site in SharePoint Designer, in the home page, Click on “Site Options”, you will get prompt, In the “Parameters”  Tab, you can find “SaveSiteAsTempalteEnabled”, set it to true.

    For more information, see

    http://microsoftechies.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/sharepoint-2013-save-site-as-template-missing/

    Best Regards.


    Kelly Chen
    TechNet Community Support

    • Proposed as answer by JimTK Friday, September 5, 2014 3:28 AM
    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 3:32 AM
    Moderator
  • @ Paul Stork: 

    The publishing feature is indeed active! But doesn't that feature makes my subsites inherit the theme and font from the root site? So when i turn this feature off, i will probably have to change the theme's manually on every sub site? Or am I wrong? 

    @Yaoyao Chen:

    I changed this parameter to true but with no success, "save site as template" still isn't visible.

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 6:41 AM
  • Hi AlexanderDM,

    Then as a workaround, you may access the save site as template through http://sitename/_layouts/savetmpl.aspx directly.

    Best Regards.


    Kelly Chen
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Alexander_DM Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:11 AM
    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 6:50 AM
    Moderator
  • When I try to browse to the link I get an error (but I can't figure out what the error is because it is an RemoteOnly..)

    But on another site that I have without the "sharepoint server publishing" feature active it works.. 

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:02 AM
  • @yaoyao Chen:

    Now it works, i had set the "SaveSiteAsTempalteEnabled" back on false because it didn't work. But now i changed it back to 'true' and browsed to the link like you said. 

    Thanks for your help! :)

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:11 AM
  • That loophole has been closed in SharePoint 2013 and no longer works.  if you browse manually to that address in a 2013 environment you will get an error.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:10 PM
  • The reply from the Moderator where you can change the parameter in SPD concerns me a little.  Are you sure that is supported and will not cause maintenance issues?  

    In our SharePoint 2010 farm we had several site collection owners that found posts about the URL work around and ended up creating templates from publishing sites that had all kinds of maintenance issues.  The thing to realize is,  the Save this site as a template option is missing for a reason, it's not a bug that's it's missing.  And by doing work arounds to make it available your possibly setting yourself up for all kinds of headaches later.  

    The other thing that I would like to note, is that in 2010 just disabling the publishing feature didn't make it safe to use the site as a template either.  My guess is because enabling publishing not only adds the new lists and libraries to the site, but probably makes some configuration changes to the site as well.  And just de-activating a feature doesn't remove those lists or libraries and probably doesn't revert back all of the configuration changes either. 

    Thanks. 


    Nick Hurst

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:30 PM
  • Hi Alexander,

    If I follow your question correctly, you're asking how to save the configured page as a template, not the entire site?

    If you only need the page, install CKSDev VS2012 edition, then using the server explorer browse to the page you want to save. From the node context menu should be the option to save out that page as a template.

    You can then package that export into your features and project as a feature and roll that out. For more info on creating pre-configured SP pages look for things like 'AllUsersWebPart' schema.


    And I don't think the advice of changing the 'publishing' export flag is very sound at all. Its disabled for a reason by MS.
    • Edited by Wes HackettMVP Tuesday, May 14, 2013 4:07 PM additional comment
    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 4:06 PM
  • Saving sites as a template is NOT supported.  Yes there were ways to do it in 2010 by navigating directly to the page, but that loophole has been closed in 2013.  Directly changing parameters of the site using SPD may make it possible, but that's no guarantee that it will work and its still officially unsupported.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:04 PM
  • Any idea why this is disabled if the Publishing feature is activated ?  Thanks.  Yu


    Monday, March 17, 2014 2:14 PM
  • Save Site as Template has always been disabled when Publishing is activated (Since 2007).  The problem is that Publishing sets dependencies on several things at the Site collection level that aren't captured in a template.  That makes templates unreliable when Publishing is available, so they aren't supported.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:34 AM
  • Save Site as Template will not work in 2013 even if you navigate to the page manually.  This worked in 2010, but is now blocked in 2013.  The article is an old one and needs to be corrected.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:38 AM
  • Legend - Thanks!
    Friday, September 5, 2014 3:27 AM
  • It still works in 2013. I just did it. You just have to set the SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled property to true as is mentioned above.
    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:58 AM
  • 'It works' and 'It is supported' are quite different things. If you run into trouble later on with those templates Microsoft will not help you fix them.

    Leaving aside the poor fidelity of the 'Save As Template' option would be going even further into the realm of what the process isn't designed to do, or capable of doing.

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:26 AM
  • For sure. This is obviously not supported. Hopefully no one is trying to use these templates on a production environment. But it can be an interesting exploratory tool
    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:30 AM
  • Kelly thank you for this great suggestion! I have been wrestling with this issue for half a day now. This resolved my issue. Thanks!
    • Proposed as answer by Tracy Vymola Tuesday, November 4, 2014 10:23 PM
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 10:23 PM
  • thank you.
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 3:12 PM
  • You should be aware of 

    • The publishing site can’t be saved as a template.
    • The enterprise wiki site can’t be saved as a template.
    • The team site with Publishing feature enabled can’t be saved as a template.
    • The site with Community Site feature can’t be saved as a template.
    • The site that has ever had Publishing or Community Site features enabled can’t be saved as a template.
    • Any workaround will not work properly!

    For more details check MISSING SAVE SITE AS TEMPLATE IN SHAREPOINT

    Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:59 PM