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SharePoint 2013/2016/2019 Missing Blank Site Template

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In SharePoint 2013, Blank site template in missing and we can not create a blank site in SharePoint 2013. But there are different ways we can enable blank site template in SharePoint 2013/2016/2019. We can enable blank site template using PowerShell as well by modifying in the WEBTEMP.XML file.

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In SharePoint 2010 when we want to create a blank Site/ subsite it is possible to choose blank site templates. But in SharePoint 2013 blank site template is not displayed in the selection the blank site template is not visible in SharePoint, because its “Hidden” property is set to true, there is two ways configuration to be made to make blank site template to be available for selection.

Below are the two ways we can enable blank site template in SharePoint 2013:

  • PowerShell
  • Modifying Server Files

Enable Blank Site Template in SharePoint 2013/2016/2019

Here we will see how can we enable blank site template in SharePoint 2013 by modifying in the WEBTEMP.XML file.

Browse to: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\TEMPLATE\1033\XML* Edit file: WEBTEMP.XML

  • Locate this line of code: <Configuration ID=”1″ Title=”Blank Site” Hidden=”TRUE”
  • Change Hidden=”TRUE” to Hidden=”FALSE”

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 the Collaboration category.

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blank site template missing in SharePoint 2013

Enable Blank Site Template in SharePoint 2013/2016/2019 using PowerShell

There are two ways we can enable blank site template in SharePoint 2013/2016/2019.

1. Run the command Get-SPWebTemplate to get the full list of the available templates. You can see, the Blank Site template is still there, and it’s ID is STS#1:

Read: SharePoint 2013 Site Template ID List for PowerShell

blank site template sharepoint 2013
blank site template SharePoint 2013

The complete script would be
$s = Get-SPSite “<URL of your Site Collection>”

$template = Get-SPWebTemplate “STS#1”

New-SPSite -Url $s -OwnerAlias “<domain\user>” -Template $template

Read Working with PowerShell in SharePoint Online/2016/2013.

Enable Blank Site Template in SharePoint 2013 Modifying WEBTEMP.XML File

The easiest way to permanently add blank site template is through the server files.
“C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\TEMPLATE\1033\XML\WEBTEMP.XML”

<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>

Change the highlighted tag the Hidden=true to false and you’re good to go.

blank site template sharepoint 2016
blank site template sharepoint 2016

Now you can see “Blank Site” template option under Collaboration tab like above.

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I am Developer working on Microsoft Technologies for the past 6+years. I am very much passionate about programming and my core skills are SharePoint, ASP.NET & C#,Jquery,Javascript,REST. I am running this blog to share my experience & learning with the community I am an MCP, MCTS .NET & Sharepoint 2010, MCPD Sharepoint 2010, and MCSD HTML 5,Sharepoint 2013 Core Solutions. I am currently working on Sharepoint 2010, MOSS 2007, Sharepoint 2013,Sharepoint 2013 App Dev, C#, ASP.NET, and SQL Server 2008.

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