How to Create a Sharepoint Site From Template: Full Tutorial

How to Create a Sharepoint Site From Template: Full Tutorial

Do you want to create a site from a site template?

It makes sense for those who don’t want to waste time restructuring a site from scratch to achieve a certain look and feel.

In this article, I’ll explain how to create a site template first and then proceed on how to use that site template to create a SharePoint site.

Let’s get started.

What are SharePoint site templates?

Since the dawn of SharePoint, there were already site templates — which gave rise to the different types of sites.

Currently, here are the basic site templates in SharePoint:

  1. Team site (modern)
  2. Communication site (modern)
  3. Document center (classic)
  4. Enterprise wiki (classic)
  5. Publishing portal (classic)
  6. Content center (modern)

In addition, there are other templates you can access from the admin center. They are grouped into four categories:

  1. Collaboration
  2. Enterprise
  3. Publishing
  4. Custom

From the name itself, you can derive that the category we need to use later on is “custom” — where we upload the site template.

Let’s now talk about how you can create a site template easily:

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    How to create a SharePoint site template

    Now, there may be a lot of site templates that come by default. However, it’s a different story if you want to create a site from an existing site that you have.

    For that, you have to save a site as a template. But before you proceed with that, take note of these things first:

    1. The “Save site as template” setting is only accessible through a link as they are slowly removing this feature.
    2. This feature can’t be used with sites that come with a Microsoft 365 Group.
    3. This feature can’t also be used with communication sites.

    Note: Originally, you will be able to find the “Save site as template” option in the “Site Actions” group on the site settings page.

    To save a site as a template, you need to add the link below to your site link:

    /_layouts/15/savetmpl.aspx

    For example, if your site has the following link:

    https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/sitename

    This is what the link will look like:

    https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/sitename/_layouts/15/savetmpl.aspx

    On the next page:

    • Fill out the information about the template
    • Decide whether or not to include the content (disable if the origin site contains confidential information)
    • Click the “OK” button below the page
    How to create a SharePoint site template

    The system will then confirm to you that the operation was completed successfully and you can find the template in the solution gallery.

    The next step will be to use that template:

    How to create a SharePoint site from a site template

    Previously, the steps here will depend on what you want to create — whether that’s a site collection or simply a subsite.

    Unfortunately, it now seems that Microsoft has already taken away the option to create a subsite from a site template.

    Note: This means you can only now use a custom template with a new site collection.

    What you need to do first is to navigate to the SharePoint admin center:

    • Click the app launcher icon in your tenant
    • Click “Admin” from the app list
    Click on the admin app under the app launcher panel

    From there:

    • Expand the admin center options in the left panel
    • Click the “SharePoint” option from the list
    Find SharePoint under the admin centers group

    Now that you’re inside the SharePoint admin center:

    • Expand the “Sites” menu in the left panel
    • Navigate to the “Active sites” page
    Navigate to the active sites page on SharePoint admin center

    On the next page:

    • Click the “Create” button on the command bar
    • Click “Other options” from the right panel
    Click the other options box from the right panel

    After that:

    • Bring down the template dropdown list
    • Click the “More templates” option from the list
    Select the more templates option from the templates dropdown list

    On the next page:

    • Fill out the details for the new site collection
    • Go to the “Custom” tab in the template selection
    • Select the custom template you want to use
    • Click the “OK” button
    Create a site collection from a custom template

    Do you have any questions regarding how to create a SharePoint site from a site template? If so, simply leave a comment below.

    For inquiries and other concerns, please use the site’s contact form and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

    About Ryan Clark

    As the Principal Solutions Architect at Mr. SharePoint, I help companies of all sizes better leverage Modern Workplace and Digital Process Automation investments. I am also a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for Office Apps & Services.

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