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There are still Site Template in SharePoint 2010, but they're no longer .STP files.  Instead, they're packaged in .WSP files just like web parts and features. No longer is there a "Site Template Gallery", instead there is a "Solutions Gallery". 

To create a Site Template, browse to the Site you want to create from.  Go to Site Actions –> Site Settings –> Save site as template (under the Site Actions heading).  Give your template a name, and don't forget to check the "Include Content" box if you want to include library and list content in the template.  This will create a new site template in your Solutions Gallery, which you can then use when creating new sites.  You can also download directly from the Solutions Gallery to a .WSP file.

To upload a Site Template to the Solutions Gallery, go to Site Actions –> Site Settings –> Solutions Gallery (under the Galleries heading).  On the Solutions tab of the ribbon, click "Upload Solution".  Before you close that dialog, you'll need to click "Activate" to activate it if you want your Site Template to appear in the "New Site" dialog later.

To use the Site Template, go to Site Actions –> New Site. You'll find your Site Template in the list of Installed Items, in the All Categories or Blank & Custom filters.

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Can I upload sharepoint 2007 templates?

i.e. helpdesk template from microsoft?
Left by Ruther on Apr 18, 2010 10:45 PM

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How Can I upload site template (.wsp) file to SharePoint 2010 through code (C#)? or Is there any command line statements for that?
Left by Jagadish on Apr 19, 2010 4:50 AM

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Ok, but what if you want to use a site template (wsp) for a new site collection? In 2007 we could upload the stp at the farm level but there does not appear to be any farm level solutions upload capability. Am I missing something?
Gary
Left by Gary Blatt on Apr 23, 2010 9:34 AM

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I want to create site using .wsp file on sharepoint 2010. I need to done this programmatically. Is there any commands to do this?
Left by Jagadish on Apr 26, 2010 2:38 AM

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check this post this might be helpful in this regard

http://geekdeck.com/create-sharepoint-2010-site-template/
Left by Jibran Jamshad on Jul 28, 2010 4:10 AM

# Site Templates from 2007 to 2010
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Fantastic post, you helped me figure out why my templates just seemed to disappear at a certain step. And for a brief moment there I had hope that I could simly create a new one.

Hoever, the template.wsp file that it creates also produces some content types that contain illegal characters in the name.

Here's some people with some similar woes.
http://www.go4answers.com/Example/save-site-template-sharepoint-2010-21568.aspx
Left by Phil on Sep 23, 2010 2:01 PM

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Great post but for some reason Solution does not show up under gallery. I did a migration and have not completed the visual upgrade.
Any ideas why?
Thanks,
John
Left by John Zaporteza on Oct 06, 2010 9:53 PM

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I want to download the Site template from Sharepoint 2007 site(.stp) and upload it in Sharepoint 2010 site.How far its possible?can u pls explain the steps needed?
Left by SureshKumar on Oct 20, 2010 5:51 AM

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I have created sharepoint project using visual studio 2010 which refers my local sharepoint site.

Now i need to implement same code on other sharepoint site...

Can anyone help me for this problem
Thanks
Left by shwetank on Oct 27, 2010 3:06 AM

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if i am creating site as template where can find that (.wsp) file on my disk..
Left by shwetank on Oct 27, 2010 3:26 AM

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This aspects work fine, but the custom (uploaded) template does not appear and therefore is not usable in the SSSC (self-service site creation) process.

What am I missing to make this available?
Left by MikeZ on Nov 05, 2010 3:00 PM

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I continue to get features needing to activated in site collection with GUID such as localsitedirectorycontrol - where is this located?
Left by glai on Nov 05, 2010 3:30 PM

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I have the situation where I can create site templates on some sites and other sites the link to SAVE THE SITE AS A TEMPLATE is missing, is there a feature, switch, magic button or some vodoo and magic potion needed to turn the SAVE SITE AS TEMPLATE link on?

Thanks
carlos
Left by carlos on Dec 02, 2010 2:36 PM

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Carlos- publishing sites do not support Save Site as Template. If you do not see the Save Site as Template link, you most likely have the Publishing feature enabled on that site.
Left by Anne on Jan 07, 2011 10:35 AM

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If you are going to move the wsp across sites, you need to ensure that the same features are installed on both servers.

Use Sharepoint 2010 Management Shell (i.e. PowerShell) and Get-SPFeature to get the list of features installed, and diff the two to ensure that you have a match.
Left by Wendell Joost on Jan 14, 2011 4:14 PM

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I have attempted to upload a few of the Fab 40 templates that were written for MOSS 2007 and converted to a corresponding *.wsp file. I have created a new web app in sharepoint 2010, a new site collection, activated all of the features necessary @ site/site collection levels, uploaded to the solutions gallery and they STILL don't show up when I try to create a sub-site. Anyone have similar problems and a solution?
Left by PeterB on Feb 09, 2011 10:05 AM

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What are the min permissions a user should have to create a site template. I see that one of the user in our organization has Full Control but he was unable to create one. He don't even see the "Save as a site template" option when he goes to the Site Actions –> Site Settings –>

Can you please help ??
Left by SharePoint Freak on Jun 14, 2011 9:09 PM

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I do not have solutions gallery showing under my gallery heading. Is this supposed to be there by default?
Left by Robin on Jun 23, 2011 2:34 PM

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I see a lot of questions like this one:
"I want to create site using .wsp file on sharepoint 2010. I need to done this programmatically. Is there any commands to do this? "
But no answers.

Am I missing something here....?
Left by Andy on Aug 03, 2011 11:47 AM

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Can I upload MOSS 2007 template?
Left by Tina on Sep 19, 2011 12:27 PM

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I followed the steps to upload and activate a .wsp but the solution does NOT exist in the selection under "create new site". This product is incredibly buggy and unfinished. Microsoft can't seem to figure out how to make a product that just works. go PHP instead
Left by Mr. Disappointed on Sep 27, 2011 11:44 AM

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Thanks for this post
I see a lot of questions like this one:
"I want to create site using .wsp file on sharepoint 2010. I need to done this programmatically. Is there any commands to do this? "
you can easily find all the instructions at:
http://sharepoint2010template.com/news/8/guide-create-sharepoint-site-template
Left by ruby nguyen on Jul 04, 2012 3:40 AM

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It is not easy to adopt 2007 helpdesk template to SharePoint 2010. Moreover it is not compatible with 2010 layout and lack of some features.
You can try one of the 3rd party solutions. Here is a good example:
http://www.harepoint.com/Products/HarePointHelpDesk/
Sergey.
Left by Sergey on Oct 14, 2012 9:03 AM

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Has anyone ever seen a case where the "include content" check box is missing from the save site as template page? Publishing feature is not activated. SharePoint Server 2010.
Left by Kirk Jacobson on Feb 13, 2018 4:34 PM

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