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It's well knowing that you can't save a publishing site as a template. The moment you turn on publishing you lose this capability.

Does activating Cross-Site Publishing impact the ability to Save a Site as a Template?

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If you plan to use Cross-Site Collection Publishing for Publishing Site, So

Yes, Working with (Not just Activating) the Cross-Site Collection Publishing for Publishing Site Will impact the ability to Save a Site as a Template functionality.

Note

Publishing site collections for the publishing site must have the SharePoint Server publishing features activated so you must have

  • A Publishing Site Collection template (Recommended) or
  • A site collection template that has SharePoint Server publishing features enabled.

That means you will lose the functionality of Save Site As Template

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For more details, check Plan publishing sites for cross-site publishing in SharePoint Server


If you plan to use Cross-Site Collection Publishing for Authoring Site, So

It depends, if you need Approval workflows and scheduling, you must also activate publishing features that lead to losing the functionality of Save Site As Template.

Otherwise, activating Cross-Site Collection Publishing feature doesn't impact the ability to Save a Site as a Template.

Note: Just activating the Cross-Site Collection Publishing doesn't impact the ability to Save a Site as a Template functionality in case,

  • You don't need to use Cross-Site Collection Publishing for a Publishing site.
  • You are using Cross-Site Collection Publishing for Authoring site and you don't need publishing features like Approval workflows and scheduling.

For more details, check Plan authoring sites for cross-site publishing in SharePoint Server


For more details check

  • Such a shame. All we want to do is enable the catalog feature on Lists and Libraries via Cross-Site Publishing to display content on different Site Collections via the Content Search Web part. – Martin Muldoon Sep 4 '18 at 19:17
  • @MartinMuldoon thank you for appreciating my answer, kindly, check the update based on your comment :) – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Sep 4 '18 at 19:47

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