The site template is missing from a SharePoint subsite

2 hidden reasons why the site template is missing from a SharePoint subsite

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In this troubleshooting article, we will learn how to fix the “Site template is missing from a SharePoint subsite” issue and what is the root cause of this issue.

Issue Description: The site template is missing from a SharePoint subsite

While we go for subsite creation from a SharePoint site – quite often we may see some of the templates are not available in the template selection – it may be team site, blog site, or any other site template. We will see here what is the root cause of this issue and its fixes.

Site Creation Template selection - Site template is missing from a SharePoint subsite

How to handle or fix the “Site template is missing from a SharePoint subsite”?

Step 1:

Activate the “SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure ” feature from the site collection level.

Example:

https://globalsharepoint.sharepoint.com/sites/TestSite/

_layouts/15/ManageFeatures.aspx?Scope=Site”

SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure - Site template is missing from a SharePoint subsite

Step 2:

Go to your “http:///_Layouts/AreaTemplateSettings.aspx”

Example:

https://globalsharepoint.sharepoint.com/sites/TestSite/

_layouts/15/AreaTemplateSettings.aspx”

On the below page verify which radio button is selected for “Subsite Templates“. Generally, if the second radio button i.e. “Subsites can use any site template“, we should get all the templates in the subsite that are available in the site collection.

However, if the third radio button is selected i.e. “Subsites can only use the following site templates” then we need to configure the templates accordingly – so that we will not face issues while selecting the templates from the subsites.

Site Creation Template selection - Site template is missing from a SharePoint subsite

Notes:

If we do not activate the “SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure ” feature from the site collection level and try to access the “http:///_Layouts/AreaTemplateSettings.aspx” page, we will get the below error:

Site template is missing from a SharePoint subsite - Site Creation Template selection

Summary: The site template is missing from a SharePoint subsite

Thus, in this troubleshooting technique, we have learned about when the site template is missing from a SharePoint subsite – office 365 (SharePoint Online) – how to fix it.

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