I have a site called PROFILES that is one level down from the home site. This site contains about 40 subsites.

I want to move the site and its 40 subsites into another site called RESOURCING which sits at the same level as PROFILES.

I know I can save a site as a template and move it that way, but how can I get all 40 subsites included in that template?


  • It works with SharePoint Online. I can get to the site manager for the site collection > site I want to move but it seems that I can't move a sub-site to another site collection from companysite.sharepoint.com to companysite-my.sharepoint.com. I'm trying not to make someone, who created a project sub site under their mysite site, delete it and build it all over again. Blah.
    – user18195
    Jul 11, 2013 at 21:24

3 Answers 3


My suggestion is that you utilize the site manager.

If you visit "http://yoursite/_layouts/sitemanager.aspx", you'll see a site manager, where you can do a move operation of all pages.

1) Select the parent site of the subsite you want to move in the left navigation pane.

2) Check the box next to the subsite you want to move in the right pane.

3) Click Actions drop-down and click Move.

4) Select Destination of the subsite selected in the next dialog.

  • 4
    Thanks. Managed to get this working. Had to turn on publishing at Site and Site Collection level first though.
    – finisterre
    Jan 9, 2013 at 14:47
  • 2
    thank you for your suggestion to use this link: "yoursite/_layouts/sitemanager.aspx", as all other searches for moving subsite in sharepoint did not show up this result. I also use sharepoint online, appears to be the foundation version, and get the "File not found" error. I'm hoping that there is a way to do this, without resorting to programming (we are not programmers) or expensive tools that are available. Thanks for any suggestions.
    – user41334
    Apr 13, 2015 at 3:28
  • Sitemanager in SP2013 tells me "It is not possible to move or copy one element..." so i cannot move/copy the entire site.
    – Emaborsa
    Dec 21, 2015 at 10:52
  • I see the sitemanager but get the "Sorry something went wrong error". This is with SharePoint online. Anyone manage to get around this?
    – Jacques
    Aug 19, 2016 at 6:29
  • Jacques - this was applicable to SP 2010 and SP Online (at the time of the post), but as per my understanding, this is still available with SharePoint Online. Are you using this against a specific site collection? User41334, above, indicated he was experiencing a similar issue, against SharePoint Online. Aug 19, 2016 at 22:40

We've purchased Sharegate to handle our site moves & migration needs because it wraps all the necessary Powershell scripts into a single GUI app. Since business requirements change periodically I found myself moving sites/lists/libraries more often than I'd prefer.

SharePoint Maven also has a couple options spelled out with pros and cons for each.


With sharepoint online this does not seem to be possible. Using powershell even the export command is not avaialble. Using the Site Manager yields "File not found"

  • I am able to do this in SharePoint Online using the sitemanager.aspx page Quinn's answer discusses. Maybe it was added to SharePoint Online after your answer.
    – TylerH
    Jan 23, 2019 at 21:46

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