Blank Site Template missing in SharePoint 2013

blank site template id sharepoint 2013

In this post, we will discuss how we can bring back Blank site template in SharePoint 2013 and also we will see how we can create a site using blank site template in SharePoint 2013.


Microsoft has hidden the blank site template from the template list while creating SharePoint site collection.

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If you open SharePoint 2013 central administration and click on “Create site collection” under Application Management, by default you will not be able to see “Blank Site” template under Collaboration category.

sharepoint 2013 blank site template missing
SharePoint 2013 blank site template missing

Bring Back Blank Site Template in SharePoint 2013:
– First, go to the below folder:
F:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\TEMPLATE\1033\XML

Here I am choosing F drive because I have installed SharePoint in my F drive.

Then in this folder open WEBTEMP.xml file. And look for the below tag:

<Configuration ID=”1″ Title=”Blank Site” Hidden=”TRUE” ImageUrl=”/_layouts/15/images/stbs.png?rev=23″ Description=”A blank site for you to customize based on your requirements.” DisplayCategory=”Collaboration” AllowGlobalFeatureAssociations=”False” > </Configuration>

Here you can see attribute Hidden=”TRUE”, make this to false Hidden=”FALSE” and the whole tag look like below:

<Configuration ID=”1″ Title=”Blank Site” Hidden=”FALSE” ImageUrl=”/_layouts/15/images/stbs.png?rev=23″ Description=”A blank site for you to customize based on your requirements.” DisplayCategory=”Collaboration” AllowGlobalFeatureAssociations=”False” > </Configuration>

Save the file and do an IISRESET.

Now if you will check you will be able to see the template.

blank site template sharepoint online
blank site template SharePoint online

blank site template SharePoint online

Create Site Collection using Blank site template using PowerShell:
Maybe sometimes we will not have access to change in the web template file, in that case, we can use PowerShell command to create the site collection using a blank site template.

Below is the PowerShell command which you can run in PowerShell ISE.

Add-PSSnapin “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell”

Get-SPWebTemplate

$template = Get-SPWebTemplate “STS#1”

New-SPSite -Url “http://win-pfcp2dgt8di/sites/MySiteFromPowerShell” -OwnerAlias “EnjoySharePoint\Administrator” -Template $template

After this now if you will open the site collection it will be opened like below:

blank site template id sharepoint 2013
blank site template id SharePoint 2013


Hopefully, this will be helpful.

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I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SharePointSky.com

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