despite placing the following code in my onet.xml, the publishing feature is not activated.

<Feature ID="A392DA98-270B-4e85-9769-04C0FDE267AA">
<!-- PublishingPrerequisites -->

<Feature ID="7C637B23-06C4-472d-9A9A-7C175762C5C4">
<!-- ViewFormPagesLockDown -->

<Feature ID="AEBC918D-B20F-4a11-A1DB-9ED84D79C87E">
<!-- PublishingResources -->
<Properties xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/">
<Property Key="AllowRss" Value="false"/>
<Property Key="SimplePublishing" Value="false" />

<!-- Publishing Infrastructure Feature --> 
<Feature ID="F6924D36-2FA8-4f0b-B16D-06B7250180FA"/>

I need this feature to be activated, because I have a feature-receiver which executes some code dependent on the feature.

  • what SharePoint version you are using? What error you getting when activating the publishing feature?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Jan 8, 2014 at 14:42
  • Try and place it at the top and see what happens.
    – user2536
    Commented Jan 8, 2014 at 14:44
  • SharePoint 2010, when activating the publishing feature theres isn't error. I can activate the feature in Site Collection Administration : Features
    – user615993
    Commented Jan 8, 2014 at 14:47

1 Answer 1


I believe you are experiencing a combination of issues:

  • the actual Publishing features are many for each Web, which must all properly be activated, as Web features (is this the section where you have the GUID added?). But the only one you need to actually add in the WebFeatures is SharePoint Server Publishing (94c94ca6-b32f-4da9-a9e3-1f3d343d7ecb) as the others are hidden, and normally activated automatically.
  • You need to ensure that in the SiteFeatures you have the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure (f6924d36-2fa8-4f0b-b16d-06b7250180fa) - do you have this here?

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