Save As Template for Publishing Site SharePoint 2010

If the publishing feature is enabled on a site in SP 2010, the Save As Template option becomes no longer available. This is because it’s not actually a Microsoft best practice to save Publishing Sites as Templates as there are a number of inherent issues with the process.

If you want to live on the wild side and get ‘er done anyways – get that publishing site saved as a template by appending the following to your base site URL:

/_layouts/SaveTmpl.aspx becomes, and you are officially on the side of the rebels.

Microsoft SharePoint, Publishing Pages, Save As Template, Templates


  • I’ll second the notion that saving publishing sites as a template isn’t a grea idea. But another approach to doing it is by opening the site in SHAREPOINT designer and saving as a template from the ribbon.

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