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The Save site as template action is not supported on this site error in SharePoint 2013/2016/Online

The Save site as template action is not supported on this site error in SharePoint 2013

This SharePoint 2013 customization tutorial explains how to solve the save site as template action is not supported on this site error in SharePoint 2013/2016/Online. The error comes when I directly try to access the save as template URL in SharePoint 2013 site.

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Save site as template option will not come in site settings page in SharePoint 2013 if the site is a publishing site or publishing features are activated in the site. One way the workaround is we can access the save template page URL directly.

If you are new to SharePoint Save Site as template option, you may like following tutorials:

But when we try to access the below URL, we received the below error message which says:

https://SiteURL/_layouts/15/savetmpl.aspx

Sorry, Something went wrong.

The “Save site as template” action is not supported on this site.

The Save site as template action is not supported on this site error in SharePoint 2013
The Save site as template action is not supported on this site error in SharePoint 2013

To solve this issue we have to enable the SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled property.

PowerShell to enable SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled in SharePoint 2013/2016 Site

We can SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled property to true using PowerShell like below:

Add-PSSnapin “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell”
$web = Get-SPWeb https://Site URL/
$web.AllProperties[“SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled”] = “true”
$web.Update()

If you are new to PowerShell SharePoint, you can read Working with PowerShell in SharePoint Online/2016/2013.

Or we can enable this property in SharePoint designer also.

Enable SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled Property using SharePoint Designer 2013

Open the  SharePoint 2013 site using SharePoint 2013 designer. From the ribbon click on Site Options as shown in the fig below:

The Save site as template action is not supported on this site error in SharePoint 2016
The Save site as template action is not supported on this site error in SharePoint 2016

Then in the site options set SaveSiteAsTemplateEnabled as true.

The Save site as template action is not supported on this site error in SharePoint 2019
The Save site as template action is not supported on this site error in SharePoint 2019

Now if you will try to access the Save Site As Template by using the URL, you should not get the save site as template action is not supported on this site error in SharePoint 2013/2016/Online.

Hope this SharePoint tutorial helps to resolve the save site as template action is not supported on this site which comes in SharePoint 2013/2016/Online.

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About Bijay Kumar

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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