Manage the site templates

Site templates provide several important benefits for site administrators:

  • They enable you to have a consistent, professional look throughout your portal site.

  • They provide an efficient way to create subsites and site collections. Individual groups within your organization don't need to set up their sites from scratch, which can be costly and time consuming.

  • Their use results in a uniform, professional look throughout your portal site that reflects your organization's standards.

Site administrators and designers can create a site template by customizing a site and then saving it as a site template. The site template can be used by others to create sites with the same look and feel. Site collection administrators can also import a site template that was created by another administrator or designer and add the new template to the available site templates in the site collection.

Important: Site template files include personal information such as server URLs and user account names. Therefore, we recommend that you share the site template files only with trusted users and groups.

What do you want to do?

Create a site template

Manage the site template gallery

Add a template to the site template gallery

Delete a template in the site template gallery

Create a site template

When you create a site template, it is automatically added to the site template gallery for the site collection.

  1. On the site that you want to make into a template, on the Top Navigation bar, click Site Actions, and then click Site Settings.

  2. In the Look and Feel section, click Save site as template.

  3. In the File Name and Name and Description sections, enter information to identify the template in the site template gallery.

  4. If there is existing site content that you want to keep as part of the template, select the Include content check box.

  5. Click OK.

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Manage the site template gallery

Administrators can add or remove site templates in the site template gallery at the site collection level.

  1. On the top-level Web site in a site collection, on the Top Navigation bar, click Site Actions, point to Site Settings, and then click Modify All Site Settings.

  2. In the Galleries section, click Site templates.

  3. To make changes to the layout and permissions of the site template gallery, click Settings, and then click Gallery Settings.

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Add a template to the site template gallery

Any site template that was saved in the .stp format can be uploaded to the site template gallery.

  1. On the top-level Web site in a site collection, on the Top Navigation bar, click Site Actions, point to Site Settings, and then click Modify All Site Settings.

  2. In Galleries section, click Site templates.

  3. On the Site Template Gallery page, click Upload.

  4. Type the name of the file that you want to add or click Browse to find it, and then click OK.

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Delete a template in the site template gallery

  1. On the top-level Web site in a site collection, on the Top Navigation bar, click Site Actions, point to Site Settings, and then click Modify All Site Settings.

  2. In the Galleries section, click Site templates

  3. Click the Edit button next to the template name that you want to delete.

  4. On the Edit Item page, click Delete Item, and then click OK.

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