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Best Practice to Move Subsites to Another Site in SharePoint?

Aftab Alam
Aftab Alam Updated On - 25 Oct 2019

There is a manual method by which you can move the entire site or its content to other sites (using the SharePoint admin center). However, this method moves data within your site collection only.

Move subsites to another site in SharePoint, Here is how you can move subsites to another SharePoint subsites:

  1. Login to SharePoint using the Administrative credentials.
  2. Click the Admin icon.
  3. Go to Admin centers section and select SharePoint.
  4. In the SharePoint Admin Center, go to Active Sites. It will enlist all the active sites in your account. You can click the URL of any site which you want to move to another site.
  5. Go to Settings option after opening the site. Click the Site contents.
  6. The site contents present the Contents and subsites of the current site. Go to Subsites section.
  7. At the Subsites section, click the Show actions icon and select Site Contents.
  8. Select the content of the site by double-clicking it.
  9. Select any folder or item and click the ‘Move to’ option.
  10. Select any site (TestSub1) from the list at the destination for the respective content.
  11. The content is moving to the site.
  12. Finally, the status of the progress changes to Done after successfully putting the data at the site. You can go to TestSub1 site and check the f1 folder present there.

NOTE: You can complete the method only when the publishing feature is enabled in SharePoint.

The above method is direct migration of a site/subsite to another site. But there is another method where you can save the site as a template and later use the template at any other site.

Save the SharePoint site as a template

  1. Go to Active Sites list, select any site, and click Site Settings.
  2. Choose the Save site as a template under Site Actions.
  3. Provide a proper name to the new template file at the File name text box.
  4. Mention a Template name and Template Description.
  5. Check the box Include Content to add all the content of the site in the template.
  6. Click OK button to save the template.

Upload the site template

  1. Click the Site Settings.
  2. Go to Web Designer Galleries and click Solutions.
  3. Click Upload in the commands group, then click Browse button at the Add a Document dialog box.
  4. Locate the template file, then click Open, and then click OK.
  5. Click Activate option to enable the template in the Commands group.

Advantages of Template in SharePoint

  • The template removes the need to enable the publishing feature at the SharePoint.
  • You can move the template at different site collection.

Disadvantages of Template in SharePoint

  • The maximum size of a site template cannot be more than 50 MB. So, if the size of the site is more than 50 MB, then you cannot create a template of the site.
  • It is suitable for smaller sites only.

Final Words

The method to move subsites to another site, and the option to create a template within the SharePoint is quite complex. If you want to achieve a far greater control at the site movement, then you should use Kernel Migrator for SharePoint. SharePoint Migration tool can perform a migration between all version of SharePoint, File Server to SharePoint, One Drive to One Drive, Public Folder to SharePoint, and Google Drive to Google Drive. Simply, you can easily migrate the data at any desired destination.