I'm developed a solution for stapling features. in my solution are located two projects, one project contains a module which consist the id features, what I want to attach to the sites collections and id of the feature for a blog site (project with a scope equals farm)

The content of the module:

<FeatureSiteTemplateAssociation Id="98b7ce51-0bf0-4c5a-82c0-e9c9ec10a4c3" TemplateName="SPSMSITEHOST#0" ></FeatureSiteTemplateAssociation>

<FeatureSiteTemplateAssociation Id="98b7ce51-0bf0-4c5a-82c0-e9c9ec10a4c3" TemplateName="SPSPERS#0" ></FeatureSiteTemplateAssociation>

<FeatureSiteTemplateAssociation Id="087e93f1-958f-4ca8-85da-cd5c591b1baa" TemplateName="BLOG#0" ></FeatureSiteTemplateAssociation>

at moment Publishing feature activation for blog, sharepoint throws an exception:

Failed to initialize some site properties for Web at Url:https://mysite/my/person/user1/Blog

Exception occurs when the Publishing feature in a activation process:

web.Features.Add(new Guid("{94c94ca6-b32f-4da9-a9e3-1f3d343d7ecb}")); // publishing feature

Any ideas?

3 Answers 3


Since it is on the My Content portion of the My Sites (which is a separate Site Collection for each user), you need to add code to your activation process that first ensures the Publishing Infrastructure is enabled on the Site Collection before trying to add the Publishing feature to the Web.

  • John, I'm already said, that Publishing Infrastructure feature was activated at the time. Apr 16, 2012 at 17:16

I am also facing the same problem are you able to find a solution if so please help me.I have found the following blog very helpful https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10411225/sharepoint-2010-mysite-blog-branding-with-publishing-not-working/10438780#comment13758462_10438780 but there is a small defect in that , which is its showing the blog document library TitleURL wrong

  • you need add event receiver with WebProvisioned type. I'm added answer on my question Jun 24, 2012 at 7:19

My Solution

public override void WebProvisioned(SPWebEventProperties properties)
           using (var site = new SPSite(properties.SiteId))
               SPWeb web = properties.Web;
               web.Features.Add(new Guid("{94c94ca6-b32f-4da9-a9e3-1f3d343d7ecb}")); // publishing feature 
               if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(MySiteMasterPage))
                   web.CustomMasterUrl = site.ServerRelativeUrl + MySiteMasterPage;
                   web.MasterUrl = site.ServerRelativeUrl + MySiteMasterPage;

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