Following scenario: Let’s assume we have a MOSS 2007 site containing some pages. Furthermore, let’s assume we want to create a site template out of this exisiting site. In fact, it is possible to save it, but the option is a bit hidden.
Assuming, we have the following site:
And we want to save this site as a template (.stp) for reuse, then, unfortunately, there is no link or option in the “Site Settings” for fulfilling this need. But we can do the following:
Append “_layouts/savetmpl.aspx” to the URL of our site, and voilà: The Save template page will open, giving us the opportunity to save the current site as a template. In the above case, this means the URL would have to look like:
Which brings us to the following mask:
Figure 1: The “Save Site as Template” mask
After that, you can comfortably access the newly created site template under
Site Settings –> Modify All Site Settings –> (Column: Galleries:) Site Templates.
If the latter menu point doesn’t show up, be sure you are in the top level site settings (otherwise go there using “Go to top level site settings”)