In SharePoint 2013 Sites are Saved as Template in the same way as in earlier versions but there are some steps that you need to consider before moving forward.
Important things to know about Saving Sites as Template –
- In SharePoint 2013, by default, you Cannot Save a Publishing Site (or a Site with Publishing feature activated) as a Site Template.This however Can be done using a workaround (i.e. using _layouts/savetmpl.aspx url). See this detailed post on How to Save Publishing Site as Template in SharePoint 2013
- As in SharePoint 2010 Saving Sites as Template does not generate a .stp file, it gets saved as a .wsp in Solutions gallery.
- When Saving a Site as Template the WSP generated is temporarily saved in the c:\temp or in c:\windows\temp folder and later in the solution gallery on SharePoint. Make sure that the App pool account has Full permissions to c:\temp and c:\windows\temp folder.
- You Cannot Create a Subsite based on a Site Template that was Created in SharePoint 2010. You will need to recreate the site template in the 2013.
So here is the Step-by-Step process to Save a Site as Template in SharePoint 2013.
1. Open a Team Site that you need to Save as Template and Navigate to Site Settings ->Under “Site Actions” select “Save Site as Template”.
If you do not see Save Site as Template and you get “The “Save site as template” action is not supported on this site.” See this post How to Save Publishing Site as Template in SharePoint 2013
2. Next in the Save as Template Page enter Template Name and Description.Click Ok.
3. Next, you would see a Operation Successful message with a link to “solutions gallery”.
4. If you Navigate to the solutions gallery you can see that the CustomTemplate is added to the library.Next we will create a site using this Template.
5. To Create a Site\Subsite from a Template Navigate to “Site Contents” -> new subsite (towards the bottom).