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How to move a site in SharePoint, Let me count the ways

Someone just asked me about moving a site with subsites to a new location, but didn’t have details.

 

Without knowing the situation, here are some of the countless options with considerations:

 

image 1) Site Collection level backup and restore

only applies if the subsite is a site collection and you can overwrite the exisiting top level site

use stsadm -o backup and stsadm -o restore

 

2) stsadm -o export and stsadm -o import

may require manual touch up

but works on site level, not limited to entire site collections

 

3) save site template with content

one site at a time

limited by size of the content

The default limit is 10mb for one template, but the limit can be changed

5 Comments
  1. Using Site Manager (publishing feature required) to move site via UI http://servername/sites/sitename/_layouts/sitemanager.aspx

  2. Michael, That’s a good one! As far as I can tell, it’s roughly the equivalent of export/import. Pros: UI, drag and drop Cons: limited to moves within the site collection. -Tom

  3. you forgot the sharepoint designer…

  4. Jamil, SharePoint Designer adds multiple options, as well. You have a a differnt backup tool there and save as a package option, for two of them. We could try to make an exhaustive list, but it would take some effort. -Tom

  5. There is one more method which one can use to move sites: SharePoint Manager 2007. Have a look at http://www.wareprise.com/2009/04/21/how-to-move-a-site-from-one-subsite-to-another-in-sharepoint/

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