I'm creating a tool that will "clone" webs inside a site. It reads child webs of a set web and displays them as templates for the user to select from. I've however run into a problem when I try to create new webs using the template name and id gotten from the existing webs.

I'm using the following code to get the template name (of the form: STS#0):

//web is an SPWeb instance
var templateName = web.WebTemplate + "#" + web.WebTemplateId;

I've created three "template" webs using the standard sharepoint tool:

|     Type     | SharePoint TemplateName | My TemplateName  |
| Team Site    | STS#0                   | STS#1            |
| Blog         | BLOG#0                  | BLOG#9           |
| Project Site | PROJECTSITE#0           | PROJECTSITE#6115 |

The SharePoint template name is what I've gotten from the available templates list using this code (PowerShell or LINQPad):

Get-SPWebTemplate -CompatibilityLevel 15 |? {$_.LocaleId -eq 1033}

web.GetAvailableWebTemplates(1033).Cast<SPWebTemplate>().Select(template => new {Name = template.Name, Title = template.Title}).Dump(1);

Shows that the template names i get correspond to thesse:

|       Type       |  What is it   |
| STS#1            | Blank Site    |
| BLOG#9           | Doesn't exist |
| PROJECTSITE#6115 | Doesn't exist |

What is going on and how can I get the correct template names (name#id form)?

  • How did you create you custom web template?
    – Aanchal
    Sep 4, 2014 at 6:56

2 Answers 2


It seems I've been incorrectly using WebTemplateId where I should be using the Configuration property.

//web is an SPWeb instance
var templateName = web.WebTemplate + "#" + web.Configuration;

Using this code gives me the correct templateName I can use to create new webs.


Find the template name of SharePoint site using PowerShell

$web = Get-SPweb http://SiteUrl 
Write-host “Web Template:” $web.WebTemplate ” | Web Template ID:” $web.WebTemplateId 

To get a list of all web templates, use the following PowerShell code

function Get-SPWebTemplateWithId 
     $templates = Get-SPWebTemplate | Sort-Object "Name" 
     $templates | ForEach-Object 
         $templateValues = @
             "Title" = $_.Title 
             "Name" = $_.Name 
             "ID" = $_.ID 
             "Custom" = $_.Custom 
             "LocaleId" = $_.LocaleId 

         New-Object PSObject -Property $templateValues | Select @("Name","Title","LocaleId","Custom","ID") 

Get-SPWebTemplateWithId | Format-Table

Reference: Get a list of web templates and IDs in a SharePoint site

  • As I wrote above this is the code I'm already using, but it doesn't give med the correct template names.
    – Thomas
    Sep 4, 2014 at 7:19
  • @Thomas Blog#9 and Projectsite#6115 are custom templates that probably don't have a name specified. See reference on OOTB templates
    – Benny Skogberg
    Sep 4, 2014 at 7:25
  • This is a straight OOTB sharepoint installation. I have not deployed any custom templates at all. If I look at webtemp.xml in 15/templates/1033/xml I can find <Template Name="BLOG" ID="9"><Configuration ID="0" ... So it is available though not returned through Get-SPWebTemplates.
    – Thomas
    Sep 4, 2014 at 7:29

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