Is it just me or is this not possible?

I have tried making my communication site into a template (not possible) and making a copy to a subsite (not possible).

Do you have any suggestions? - scripting or using 3rd party service? or is such a simple action just impossible?

Please come up with ideas.

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To save the site as a template, we can directly access to /_layouts/savetmpl.aspx.

For example: https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/site/_layouts/savetmpl.aspx

We still can save the communication site as the site template using this way. I have tested it, it works.

For more information, you can refer to this blog.

If access denied when accessing /_layouts/savetmpl.aspx, connect to SharePoint Online using PowerShell and set denyaddandcustomizepages of this site to false for allowing it.

  • Thanks Joanna, but are you sure this is possible to do to a communication site? As far as i can see, communication sites are not yet supported by the SPO template Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 10:27
  • We still can save the communication site as the site template by accessing /_layouts/savetmpl.aspx. I have tested it, it works. I have edited my original answer and post the details steps there Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 2:20
  • FYI, I just tested with a Modern Communication Site and worked just fine. X-fingers no issues later Commented Jul 1, 2019 at 21:17

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