The 'Site Directory' is missing in SharePoint 2010

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Categories: Configurations, Design, Navigation, SharePoint 2010


The site template for "Site Directory" was an interesting navigation feature in MOSS 2007. When I went to look for it in SharePoint 2010, I could not find it. After doing a few searches, I found the answer in a blog by Bojan Buhač.


SharePoint 2010 ships with the template, however it is hidden and must be activated using a procedure described in this blog post...

After trying the described procedure, I found the last step described would not work until I restarted IIS (using IISRESET). After that, the STSADM command worked fine.

Note: The original tip mentions that the "Site directory has been intentionally hidden because of compatibility issues with upgrade process between 2007 and 2010". (I guess that's the caveat emptor of this tip.)

Here's the entire procedure along with the extra IISRESET step as follows:

  • Browse to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\1033\XML
  • Open webtempsps.xml
  • Find section for Site Directory and change Hidden value (from TRUE to FALSE)

    <Template Name="SPSSITES" ID="34">
    <Configuration ID="0" Title="Site Directory" Type="0" Hidden="FALSE" ImageUrl="/_layouts/1033/images/template_site_dir.png" Description="A site for listing and categorizing important sites in your organization. It includes different views for categorized sites, top sites, and a site map." DisplayCategory="Enterprise" VisibilityFeatureDependency="5F3B0127-2F1D-4cfd-8DD2-85AD1FB00BFC">

  • Restart IIS. Open a command prompt "as administrator", then run "IISRESET".
  • After that open a command prompt and browse to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\BIN
  • Run following command:

    stsadm.exe -o activatefeature -id 5F3B0127-2F1D-4cfd-8DD2-85AD1FB00BFC –url http://yoursite

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