17 October 2015

My "Save site as template" option is gone from Site Settings in SharePoint 2013... where did it go?

A common practice in the world of SharePoint is to create sub site templates.  A site collection administrator will customize a template sub site and then via the Site Settings use the "Save site as template" option to create a new template that can be used for new sub sites.  The problem is that this option isn't always available.  So why not?
The answer lies in the activation of Publishing Features on the site collection.  If at any point in time during the entire life cycle of the site, you had turned Publishing on for the site collection, this option is removed permanently.
See https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2492356 for more detail.


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