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Hello this my team site, However when I go in Site Setting and Site Action it doesn't give me the option to save it as a template. I would like to know what I need to do save it as a template.


This occurs in a case of you have activated the publishing feature in your team site. And once the publishing feature is activated, you can't save site as a template and this option becomes unavailable.

Note: unfortunately, deactivate the feature back will not solve the issue. it is still unsupported to create a template from a site that has ever had publishing features enabled.

For more details check "Save site as template" option isn't available in SharePoint Online in Office 365 or SharePoint Server 2013

How to overcome this issue? As I mentioned above, you can't create a template from a site that has ever had publishing features enabled and all available workarounds are not supported and often not worked.Please have a look at "Save site as template" option and the publishing feature

So the solution will depend on your plan from the beginning you should decide which template should you use based on your requirements.

so I suggested if you need to use save as template with publishing feature you should plan from beginning to do the following:

  • Create your team site.
  • Finalize first all the customization that you need in your team site without enablingpublishing feature.
  • Save the site as a template and consider it this the Master template.
  • You can now create sites from this Master template as you need. Meanwhile, you can enable the publishing features on the sites that created from this master team site template.
  • In a case of you need to continue customization, you could do that for a site created from Master Template that not has a publishing feature enabled. then save it again as a new Master Template version.

For more details check Missing save site as template in SharePoint

  • What would I need to do ?
    – AY_91
    Mar 31 '17 at 10:21
  • Unfortunately, there is no solution for this. Meanwhile, your site looks like a test site, so it's suggested to don't enable publishing feature until finalizing all customization that you need in your team site then save it as a template. this template should be now the master template that has customization without publishing feature enabled so you can create a new site from it. then as you need enable the publishing features for the sites that you have created from this master team site template. Mar 31 '17 at 10:41
  • @M.Qassas, have a look here
    – Gintas K
    Mar 31 '17 at 10:54
  • Thanks @GintasK for your feedback, but it's not supported and not working, should you have a look at blogs.technet.microsoft.com/stefan_gossner/2007/09/19/… Mar 31 '17 at 10:57

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