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Subsite as a Template (A Workaround)

Template story of SharePoint is a little complicated….and specially when it comes to subsites.

Here is a workaround…

use backup and restore…

consider a scenario in which you have a subsite in the development environment, and now u want to move it to production as a top level site…..

Templates can make ur life a bit complicated sometimes, so try this out….

make a site in ur production server at the top level…but when the time comes to apply a template to it….dont do it jus stop there!…do not select any template like teamsite, blank, doc workspace etc. leave that screen as it is…

Now go to front page and open ur site that is to be transferred. Then go to Tools>Server>Backup Website option….click ok to backup ur site. A backup file for ur site is created.

close the current opened site or close front page…

Open the site using front page that we just created in production at the first step (with no template applied to it yet)………….(Were u saying: “but its not created yet”, trust me it is already created and it will open ) )…URL should look like this:


After the site is opened, go to the Tools menu, select Server, select Restore Web Site, select the file that was created as a backup file and click open…and OK on the msg.

Your site will be saved to the production…

go to the site we were creating in production, where template page is still displayed, select any template, click OK, an error msg occurs, IGNORE IT…

Ur site is ready in Production…

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  1. January 9, 2010 at 6:35 am

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