Is there any way to make a SP2013 subsite (not site collection) read-only? I know you can make a site collection read-only using site policies but how can one make a subsite Read-Only without altering the permission levels on the sites?

This thread indicates there's possibly a Lockstate for SPO Office 365 Read-only mode


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Just like SP expert said, there is no way to move a sub-site to read-only mode. Remove permissions from all users in the Sub site will be a way to try.


There is no functionality available at subsite site level, locking available only at site collection level.

What you can do as a workaround,

  • Go to to Sub-site permission setting from Site settings

  • Stop the inheritance

  • Remove all users /groups or change their permission level. If you want to restrict for short time then make sure you copy the permission somewhere else before.

Reference URL :

Powershell Script to temporarily disable SharePoint subsite

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