I'm sure this is simple but I'd like to make sure I'm following best practice here. I have an old SharePoint 2013 environment (let's just call it SP-A) that has a subsite for IT in it. I'd like to move that entire subsite to my new SharePoint deployment (SP-B). How, or what is the best way to accomplish this? It's not terribly large and has maybe 20-30 word/excel documents, a calendar, and some small stuff. What's the best way to go about moving the subsite from SP-A to the new SP-B?


  • Do you have any workflows, event receivers or other customisations on the site that need to be moved? Or is just a few lists of data?
    – Mihail
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 18:28
  • Nothing, just the lists/data.
    – A Martin
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 18:30

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one thing make sure before start the process. You SP-A and SP-B should be on the same SharePoint Version level( same build number and CU level).

If SP-A is higher then SP-B then you are out of luck.

If both are same then you can do two way.

Save As template - Save the Sub-site as template( if not a publishing site) with option of include the content. - Then Download the file and upload to the SP-B site collection - Now Create the Sub site using that template. - Read more over here : https://support.office.com/en-us/article/save-a-sharepoint-site-as-a-template-5a4eb024-d1fa-4681-a4ac-e6bd1e3209ba?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US&fromAR=1

Using the Import And Export method

  • Where can I check the version (build and CU level)?
    – A Martin
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 20:09
  • SP-A = 15.0.4667.1000 SP-B = 15.0.4617.1000 (don't ask me how this is older even though it's the new one)
    – A Martin
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 20:25
  • Ok, then you can't restore it from SP-A to B as you will get version mismatch. Or upgrade B to same level
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 20:27

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