We are not having option to SAVE THE SITE AS TEMPLATE if we are having PUBLISHING SITE ENABLED on a SharePoint site.

If we are de-activating this feature, we can get that option to save the site as template.

Is this right approach to do? If so, Will we create any problem in re-activating the publishing feature? What problems will get produce if we de-activate the publishing feature?

  • Only teamsite and project site have the ability to save it as template.
    – YogaPanda
    Mar 29, 2016 at 17:38

3 Answers 3


This issue most frequently occurs because the Community Sites or the SharePoint Server Publishing feature is currently enabled or was previously enabled for the affected site.

SharePoint doesn’t support creating a template from a site where publishing or community features were enabled. This is because the publishing feature creates site elements that are not supported as part of a template, and these elements remain even when the feature is disabled. This also includes templates that were created through SharePoint Designer.

Note Although the Save site as template option may become available after you deactivate publishing features, it is still unsupported to create a template from a site that has ever had publishing features enabled. If you create a site from this template, you may encounter problems when you try to activate publishing on the new site. For example, you may receive the following error message:

Provisioning did not succeed. Details: Failed to initialize some site properties for Web at Url: '......' OriginalException: Failed to compare two elements in the array.

Microsoft has explained it brilliantly at their support site, read in detail here


Even after that if you are keen to save site as template keeping your Publishing Feature activated, then refer Save SharePoint 2013 publishing site as a template


By Default Save site as template is disabled for publishing site. So to enable this, first you have to change value of "SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled" from false to true.


  1. Open Your site in SharePoint Designer.
  2. In ribbon control, there is option Site Options
  3. Click on that. It will open parameters window.
  4. Find SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled in parameters list.
  5. Select it and click on modify button.
  6. Change value to true.
  7. Ok & Apply.

Now try /publishingsite/_layouts/15/savetmpl.aspx. It will allow you to save your site as template.


You don't have to de-activate the publishing feature to save site as template.

Instead, go to Site Settings, and click on the URL in the address bar. Remove "/_layouts/settings.aspx" from the URL and replace it with: "/_layouts/savetmpl.aspx"

You will then be able to save the site as template without deactivating the publishing feature.

  • No.That will not work. Below is the error message : Sorry, something went wrong The "Save site as template" action is not supported on this site.
    – Karthik 22
    Mar 16, 2016 at 9:10
  • You need to remove all the external apps before creating the template. The publishing site can be templated, but not the ones having apps Aug 1, 2019 at 13:47

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