O365, SharePoint Sites

SharePoint Super-Secret Site Template

You’ve added apps and pages, you’ve laid things out just how you want them. You’ve toiled for hours. You’ve created the perfect site! You are ready to create your site template so you can stamp it out for all your sites and save yourself some time.

Simple, right!?!

Create a Site Template

  1. Go to the site which you want to use as a template.
  2. Click the “gear” and click “Site Settings” (or, “site information” and then access advanced site settings from there)
  3. You’re looking for “Save site as template”

…but it’s not there? Where did it go?

“Save as site template” is missing! AAAAAHH!!!


Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as your curling team’s encounter with JAWS!


Chances are you have publishing features active on the site collection. The “save site as template” link may be gone, but you can still access the functionality if you really need to. This is where the “super-secret” (well, not really*) site template link comes in.

*It’s not really a secret…you can probably find this info in at least a hundred blogs out there already. I just decided to save myself some time and put it in my own blog so I don’t have to search next time I need to do it.

Create a Site Template – Take 2

  1. Go to the site which you want to use as a template.
  2. Click the “gear” and click “Site Settings” (or, “site information” and then access advanced site settings from there)
  3. Publishing features are active on the site collection, so you will need to proceed to the save template link by entering it at the end of the URL manually.**

Simply copy and paste /_layouts/15/savetmpl.aspx as the end of the site URL once you are on the site you want to make into a template.

https://hkbetz24.sharepoint.com/XXX-XXX/_layouts/15/savetmpl.aspx (where XXX-XXX is the specific site or subsite string)

For example, the URL will look like this if you want to make a template out of the Products site: https://hkbetz24.sharepoint.com/sites/products/_layouts/15/savetmpl.aspx

  1. Complete the following items:
    1. File Name (avoid using spaces or special characters)
    2. Template name (what your admin users will choose from when creating a new site)
    3. Template description
    4. Include Content (y/n) (This is helpful if you have documents or files you want included with every site)
  2. Click “OK”
  3. The new site will be created

**If publishing features are not active, a link to “Save Site as Template” will be visible on the “Site Settings” page.

Note: I’m writing this with O365 SharePoint in mind, but you can do the same thing for other versions of SharePoint.  ” /_layouts/15/savetmpl.aspx ” for SharePoint 2013, 2016 and online. For SharePoint 2010 its simply /_layouts/savetmpl.aspx”.

Also note: I’ve run into some people who use this a lot, and others who like to steer away from site templates completely when using SharePoint Online.  That’s a discussion for another day. 🙂


Just Stuff

Hello Busy World


A Single Step

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

Like many others, when asked how I am, my reply is typically something that includes the word “busy”.  Busy, hectic, crazy and  overwhelming are sometimes the best ways to describe life these days. Managing a household with three kids, two dogs and a flock of chickens can be all those things. Taking a step back, however, I could also say I’m active, lively, involved and engaged.  Those, more positive words, are how I prefer to view life.

That being said, and because I’m engaged in an active, already fulfilling lifestyle, I need to prioritize the new things I add to my life.  …which leads me to the blog dilemma: To blog or not to blog, that is the question…to which the answer, whether I have the time or not, is “yes”.

Yes, because I enjoy writing.  Yes, because I enjoy sharing. Yes, because I enjoy helping people. …and yes, because I have to do it for work. 😛

So here it is, my first step in a journey to share, learn and grow…my new ‘hello world’ adventure, where I’ll share experiences, tips and tricks about SharePoint, O365 and other techy stuff, stories about my family and backyard chicken projects, and maybe I’ll even throw a few yoga poses in for kicks.

I do not know where each step in this journey will take me, but I’m excited find out! I hope that you will join me.