I created a new web template for SharePoint 2013 (as Farm solution, because it has to be selected when creating a new site collection).

The site collection creates succesfully. But when I navigate to the site I get an error that something went wrong. When I look in te ULS logs I get the following error:

System.IO.FileNotFoundException: The file /sites/za/_catalogs/masterpage/seattle.master does not exist. 

Anybody any ideas?

  • It is actually the whole _catalogs folder that is not created.
    – Davy
    Mar 10, 2014 at 9:27

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Found the issue. Because the property in my web template "ContainsDefaultLists" was set on TRUE and it should be FALSE

  • Your solution help me a lot. Thanks man. I had included ContainsDefaultLists="True" in my custom web template and it was throw the error you mentioned above. setting it to False or remove the ContainsDefaultLists completely solved the issue.
    – Imir Hoxha
    Nov 12, 2015 at 13:50

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