Save Site as Template Option Missing in SharePoint 2013?

Perhaps the easiest way to create a standard site template is to create a site,  Add-remove content, list and libraries, and save it as a template. But SharePoint 2013 does not support the “Save Site as Template” option on Publishing sites. If a site with “SharePoint Server Publishing” is activated, this option will not be available in  Site settings, So you can’t save the site as a template!

In SharePoint 2007 and  SharePoint 2010, we use a trick by appending the URL: “/_layouts/savetmpl.aspx” to get this functionality! Unfortunately, you cannot save the site as a template in SharePoint 2013 using this trick! If you try accessing the page with the above trick, you’ll get an error message:

Sorry, Something went wrong – The “Save site as template” action is not supported on this site.

save site as template sharepoint 2013 error Sorry, Something went wrong - The "Save site as template" action is not supported on this site.

Enable save site as template in SharePoint 2013 publishing sites:

How to enable “Save site as template” in SharePoint 2013? Well, this issue can be resolved in one of these two ways:

  1. Setting “SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled” property of the site to true
  2. Using PowerShell to Enable Save site as template feature.

Option 1: Save site as template option with SharePoint Designer 2013

  • Open your site with SharePoint Designer 2013
  • Click on ‘site options’ button from the ribbon.   
  • Under parameters tab, locate the option for “SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled” and change this setting to “True”
    how to enable save site as template in sharepoint 2013
  • Click on OK button to save your changes.

Option 2: Enable Save site as template SharePoint 2013 with PowerShell

Run this PowerShell script to enable the save site as a template in SharePoint 2013.

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell

$SiteURL ="https://intranet.crescent.com/sites/operations"

$web = Get-SPWeb -Identity $SiteURL

#Enable Save Site as template option
$web.SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled = $true
$web.Update()
 

So now, When you access the save site as template URL shortcut: _layouts/savetmpl.aspx (Such as: https://your-site-url/_layouts/savetmpl.aspx), You should be able to get the save site as a template page.

 save site as template sharepoint 2013 publishing site

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - Information Technology Expert with Two-decades of hands-on experience, specializing in SharePoint, PowerShell, Microsoft 365, and related products. He has held various positions including SharePoint Architect, Administrator, Developer and consultant, has helped many organizations to implement and optimize SharePoint solutions. Known for his deep technical expertise, He's passionate about sharing the knowledge and insights to help others, through the real-world articles!

2 thoughts on “Save Site as Template Option Missing in SharePoint 2013?

  • Hi Salaudeen,
    I found your site by looking for a Template-saving solution: THANKS, Your solution worked! I’m rewriting some older sites’ SPD 2010 workflows to 2013 and it’s sure fun! I really miss the 2010 “Local Variable: List Item ID” as many of my workflows depended on looking back at data in a “looked up” list but finally discovered a work-around by changing the LookUp field to use “Name” instead of “Name (linked to item)” and using that value to find the source GUID, whew.
    Best Regards,
    RHess

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