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

..so https://go.site.com/sites/subsite/ becomes https://go.site.com/sites/subsite/_layouts/SaveTmpl.aspx, and you are officially on the side of the rebels.

One response to “Save As Template for Publishing Site SharePoint 2010”

  1. 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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