Save site as template disappear for sub site

The button “Save site as template” is not available if it is a Publishing Site (or with Publishing features enable).

Here is the work around:

  • Manually add the path “_layouts/savetmpl.aspx” to your URL, the option to add sub site as template will appear

If your subsite is

You would go to :

and then you would be able to save the site as a template.

Not sure why Microsoft do that…


Workflow will not start, but start if you do a copy and paste

I had another problem with a workflow.


– workflow will not start when you upload/add a new document

– workflow however starts if you did a copy and paste of existing document (using Sharepoint Designer or Explorer View)

This is what I find:

– the field I use as condition of the workflow is not a require field, and my document library does not require items to be check out when edit.

– when I add a new object, the workflow “starts” checking for the condition as soon as the object was uploaded.  Because the workflow start the check before I change the meta data, the meta data was blank when the workflow start the check. 

– after I change the field, the workflow already completed the checks (which result in a improper workflow start).

– the reason the copy and past do start the workflow was because the condition field were already “set” when you do the copy and paste, which when you copy the document, the workflow condition checker will run correctly

– this can be easily fix by making the condition field a require field or require all document to be check out when edit.

Sharepoint declarative workflow does not start automatically

Run into this problem and I wasn’t too happy about it (aka:  took too much time to figure out and later on find out that it’s something stupid…)

Workflow does not start automatically.

1. Case: 

– The Windows SharePoint Services Web application runs under a user’s domain account.

– The user logs in by using this domain account.

– The site displays the user name as System Account.

2. Solution:

AHHHH.  I hate you Microsoft!  2 hours of my life is gone because of you.  YOU PEOPLE!  (Yes, I have a love hate relationship with Microsoft, I wish I knew how to quit you, quotes from Brokeback Mountain)