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Saving a site as a template in the UI

  Asked By: Antoinette    Date: Jan 04    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 985

I am aware that a site can be saved as a template (with or without
content) in site settings.
However, if that site contains various sub-sites, those do not get
saved as part of the template.
Is there a way to make that happen either in the UI or otherwise?
The goal is to have the client able to create a site from a template
and their newly created site will come with the subsites already intact.



7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Maricela Conway     Answered On: Jan 04

AFAIK, the only way to do that is by creating a site  definition with a
provisioning provider, which is how the MOSS Collaboration Portal works.

If this option interests you, here's how to do it:

Answer #2    Answered By: Vinay Thakur     Answered On: Jan 04

I think that SharePoint Designer (SPD) should be able to export multiple
sites that can subsequently be imported elsewhere. If not export/import,
you may want to try backup/restore. I just haven't tried these in v3.

Of course, stsadm can move entire site  Collections.

Answer #3    Answered By: Shameka Rich     Answered On: Jan 04

Export and Import works fine for me using the stsadm utility. I've done it
multiple times with success.

Answer #4    Answered By: Royce Orr     Answered On: Jan 04

That sound good, but I guess part  of the problem is that it needs to be done by
someone who may not be a system administrator, but more of an end-user who will
have portal admin rights.
And we also want to capture new site  creation in the site directory.
I don't think that stsadm will do that.

Answer #5    Answered By: Laura Walker     Answered On: Jan 04

The former was the reason for suggesting SPD - SPD backup/restore is the
same under the covers as stsadm export/import. I'm not sure about the
latter, but I'm sure someone will chime in.

Answer #6    Answered By: Nina Banks     Answered On: Jan 04

I will take my already created site  with subsites, hide it in the main
navigation, and then when a new site needs to be created, it can be copied and
moved to the proper location through the "manage content and structure" part  of
Then rename the site, and populate a links list with the link to the new site..
I know it's a bit clugey and tedious, but its all I can think of to do..

Answer #7    Answered By: Renee Murray     Answered On: Jan 04

To the best of my knowledge you can take multiple .stp files (one for
each site) and use the Solution Generator in Visual Studio Extensions
for WSS

To create  a .wsp solution file that would install and instantiate the
sites. I haven't done it, but I thought that was what I read.

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