Moving a SharePoint site to a different site can be done using various methods and tools. In this section, we will explore the options and steps involved in successfully accomplishing this task.
To move a SharePoint site to another site, there are several options available. One option is to use the Content and Structure feature, which allows you to copy or move the entire site or individual web parts within the same site collection. Another option is to save the site as a template, including its content, and then create a new site in the desired location using that template. This method does not require enabling publishing features but has limitations on the size of the template and can affect metadata.
Additionally, for migrating a SharePoint list to another site collection, you can export the list as a template and then upload it to the new site collection. There are also third-party migration tools available for larger-scale migrations.
By utilizing these options, you can successfully move your SharePoint site to another site within the same site collection or to a different site collection. In the following sections, we will provide detailed instructions on how to use the Content and Structure feature, save a site as a template, and migrate a SharePoint list to another site collection.
Using the Content and Structure Feature
The Content and Structure feature in SharePoint provides a convenient way to copy or move a SharePoint site or its individual web parts to another location within the same site collection. Here’s how you can utilize this feature for seamless site migration.
To access the Content and Structure feature, navigate to your SharePoint site and go to Site Settings. Under the Site Administration section, click on “Content and Structure.” This will open the Content and Structure page, which displays a hierarchical view of all the sites, lists, and libraries within your site collection.
To copy or move a SharePoint site, simply locate the site in the hierarchy and select it. From the Actions menu, choose either Copy or Move. You can then navigate to the destination site, create a new folder if needed, and paste the copied or moved site into the desired location.
|Creates a duplicate of the site, allowing you to keep the original site intact while having a copy in a different location.
|Relocates the site to the new location, removing it from the original location. This action can affect links and permissions associated with the site.
With the Content and Structure feature, you can also copy or move individual web parts within a site. Simply select the desired web part and choose Copy or Move from the Actions menu. Then, navigate to the destination page, and from the Insert tab, select the appropriate web part zone and click on “Web Part” to add the copied or moved web part.
Using the Content and Structure feature, you can efficiently transfer SharePoint sites and web parts, saving time and effort during the migration process. However, it’s important to note that this feature may not be available in all SharePoint editions or site configurations, so ensure that you have the necessary permissions and access rights to utilize it effectively.
The Content and Structure feature in SharePoint enables easy copying or moving of SharePoint sites and web parts within the same site collection. By accessing the Content and Structure page, you can navigate the site hierarchy, select the desired site or web part, and choose to copy or move it to a new location. This feature streamlines the site migration process, saving time and effort for users.
Saving a Site as a Template and Creating a New Site
Another option for moving a SharePoint site to a different site is to save the site as a template and create a new site using that template in the desired location. This method can be helpful in certain scenarios, but it’s important to be aware of the limitations and potential impact on metadata.
When saving a SharePoint site as a template, the template will include the site’s content, including documents, lists, and web parts. This allows you to easily replicate the site’s structure and data in a new location. However, there are some limitations to consider.
Firstly, the size of the template is limited to 50MB, so if your site contains a large amount of content, it may not be feasible to use this method. Additionally, when you create a new site using the template, some metadata, such as modified dates and versions, may not be preserved. It’s important to carefully review the template and consider any potential impact on your data before proceeding.
Despite these limitations, saving a site as a template and creating a new site can be a time-saving and efficient way to move a SharePoint site to a different location. However, it’s always recommended to test the template in a non-production environment before performing the migration in a live environment. This will ensure that you are aware of any potential issues and can mitigate them before impacting your users and data.