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I have uploaded an external template (.stp) to the site templates folder in the Galleries section, but when I go to create a site it isn't showing up anywhere. Any thoughts what I am doing wrong?

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It could be that the site template you have acquired was made using a site definition that you do not currently have.

where did you get the site template? Does it state if you need a particular site definition deployed?

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i have seen this before and here is what my observation was. I saw a template in a gallery(lets just call it templateABC) However TemplateABC was not appearing under the custom tab on the site provisioning page. I isolated the issue to the fact that the definition that this template was based off was removed from the farm. This obviously was the issue. I was able to determine this by opening up the stp as a cab file and exploring the file a bit. In my case the definition was pointing to a fab 40 that was uninstalled. I want to say it was the Helpdesk template.

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