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Saving A SharePoint site as a template when the . link is not available under Site Actions

Microsoft disabled the link for publishing sites even though the action is still available. This because they fear that one will use the template in a different site collection that may or might not be “publishing” enabled.

Well, I have invested time in building a site to my liking and do not want to repeat the effort time and again. I know that practice makes perfect, but I am not a concert pianist and “Practice makes tired” and “Doing it again makes error” are the idioms come to my mind. So we observe, learn and… Cheat!

In sites where the link is available we look at what happens to the URL when we click it. Then it becomes obvious.

A little change in the site URL does it. Here is how:

This is the site I want to create a template from:

MyServer.com/sites/MySite/MySubSite/default.aspx

Here is the URL I used to make the template:

MyServer.com/sites/MySite/MySubSite/_layouts/savetmpl.aspx

Get rid of the default.aspx and replace it with _layouts/savetmpl.aspx

That’s all folks

Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 12:32 PM | Back to top


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