SharePoint Publishing feature does not support "Save Site as Template" option

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Summary

The Publishing feature does not support the Save Site as Template option. It is necessary to create site definition templates for site collections on which Publishing feature is to be activated.

More information

Imagine the following scenario:

You save a Team site as a template with or without the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure feature activated at the site collection level.
  • Do not activate the SharePoint Server Publishing feature at the site level otherwise the Save site as template option will not be available.
  • By default the Save site as template option is available even if the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure feature is enabled at a site collection level.
Create a new site collection based on this site template. When you try to activate the SharePoint Server Publishing site feature the following error message will be thrown:

"Provisioning did not succeed. Details: Failed to initialize some site properties for Web at Url: '......' OriginalException: Failed to compare two elements in the array."

SharePoint does not support Save Site as Template option with the Publishing features turned on. The supported method to create templates for publishing sites is to use a site definition template and using a feature XML.

For more information, see the following knowledge base article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925189
Note This is a "FAST PUBLISH" article created directly from within the Microsoft support organization. The information contained herein is provided as-is in response to emerging issues. As a result of the speed in making it available, the materials may include typographical errors and may be revised at any time without notice. See Terms of Use for other considerations.

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Article ID: 2492356 - Last Review: March 21, 2013 - Revision: 5.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
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