Welcome to Atlanta .NET Regular Guys Sign in | Join | Help

Using the Save site as template link on a publishing site

A colleague recently asked me if there was a way to save a publishing site as a template recently.  I responded by informing them that the "Save site as template" link is on the Site Settings page under Look and Feel.  He said it was not.  After a quick investigation, I realized that it is in fact not there; see below...

Blank Team Site

LookAndFeelTeam

Collaboration Portal (Publishing)

LookAndFeelPublishing

The easy solution that seemed to work, and I leave you with the caveat that I have not fully tested this solution, is to simply determine what page this link goes to on a Team site, namely savetmpl.aspx, and type that into the location bar of your publishing site.  The "Save site as template" page then appears and you are able to save your publishing site as a template.

Blank Team Site

SaveSiteAsTemplateTeam

Collaboration Portal (Publishing)

SaveSiteAsTemplatePublishing

I am not sure why they removed this link on the publishing enabled sites, but I am certain there must be a perfectly good reason; maybe there are some things that happen in a publishing site that you simply cannot store in a template.  If anyone is aware of the reasons or has seen them documented somewhere, please do let me know.

Published Monday, July 23, 2007 7:07 AM by Dan Attis
Filed Under:

Comment Notification

If you would like to receive an email when updates are made to this post, please register here

Subscribe to this post's comments using RSS

Comments

# Links (7/23/2007) « Steve Pietrek’s SharePoint Stuff

# re: Using the Save site as template link on a publishing site

Publishing sites usely inherit settings from their parent sites, which might be stored as a web property. Think for example of the MasterPageUrl, which can point to a masterpage that resides in the root of the site collection, but not in the site itself. Creating a template, and using it in another site collection might cause trouble because those settings point to invalid locations after creating the site with from the template.

A site template must be able to provision all of his own stuff I think...
Thursday, August 09, 2007 2:52 AM by Casper de Lange

# re: Using the Save site as template link on a publishing site

You can use SharePoint designer to save a publishing site as a template.  Load in the template and select File - Export
Thursday, September 06, 2007 7:31 PM by Lars Nielsen

# re: Using the Save site as template link on a publishing site

I guess I should have added a disclaimer that stated that this is obvously not supported.(since the link is not there :))
Friday, September 28, 2007 4:49 PM by Dan Attis

# re: Using the Save site as template link on a publishing site

Definitely not supported. Publishing sites created using a site template display unstable behavior. Navigation and other items tend to break. That is why the link is removed for publishing sites.
Saturday, October 20, 2007 8:57 AM by James Waymire

# re: Using the Save site as template link on a publishing site

Definitely not supported. Publishing sites created using a site template display unstable behavior. Navigation and other items tend to break. That is why the link is removed for publishing sites.
Saturday, October 20, 2007 8:57 AM by James Waymire

# wonderful point

seriously, I prefer the point rather than  [url=http://www.bawwgt.com/game/?id=17]maple story power leveling[/url]
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 1:30 PM by stupid

What do you think?

(required) 
required 
(required)