Tip #37. Why you can’t save publishing site as template?!

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SharePoint provides you a nice feature to save you site as template and install it easily on another instance of SharePoint. image

But have you noted that for Publishing sites you don’t have “Save site as template option” option?! (located before “Reset to site definition”)

Unfortunately, such functionality is unsupported for all Publishing SharePoint sites, because it quite potential can cause issues with some features and master pages - “instance of master pages and style sheets stored at site collection level won't be included in the template, but are expected by the publishing site when you would create it based on the template

Actually, the direct link is not removed (http://<site>/_layouts/settings.aspx) and can be used for simple publishing sites without any issues, but this is not recommended and officially unsupported solution.

 

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