Activate SharePoint Features on Multiple Sites All at Once

Activate SharePoint Features on Multiple Sites All at Once

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Since the publication of this article, Sharegate has updated and unified the migration interface of its Desktop Tool. The following screenshots may no longer be accurate, we are working on updating them.

Activate/Deactivate features from SharePoint, custom code, or third party tools are common actions in SharePoint. I particularly love the Wiki Page Home Page feature. Depending on the site template you use, default features are activated. But you might want to add more.

It might be possible to activate features with a PowerShell script, but as a super user, I only know how to manage SharePoint through the UI.

Features can be activated/deactivated both at the site collection level and the site level. Sometimes you have to activate them in a specific order. Last week we tried a new tool and I had to activate 8 features at the site collection level and 2 features at the site level (for each sub-site I had). And I can tell you, thanks to Sharegate it was really easy! 

Option 1: Activate features through the UI

Quick overview:

  1. Go to your Site settings and select Site Collection Features
  2. Activate the features you need
  3. Go back to Site Settings and select Site Features
  4. Activate the features you need for you site
  5. Repeat for every single feature from every single site collection and sub-sites.

Feature management is available from the Site Settings menu. You need to be located at your site collection level to see the Site Collection Administration settings.

Activate multiple features and site collections in SharePoint 

You can activate or deactivate all the features you want from the list. You need to wait until the feature is activated before activating a new one. Sometimes, with custom development or third party tools you have to respect an order for activating features.

Activate multiple features and site collections in SharePoint

Option 2: Activate multiple features on multiple sites with Sharegate

Quick Overview:

  1. Execute a Find Query with the Sites and select your target(s)
  2. Edit selected sites
  3. Select the features you want to activate or deactivate and apply changes

Open Sharegate and go to the Find menu. Select Site objects and run the query after selecting your target(s).

Activate multiple features and site collections in SharePoint

Select the Site and Site collection you want to activate or deactivate features on, then click on Edit.

Activate multiple features and site collections in SharePoint

Then select the features you want to activate/deactivate for all the site collections or sites you’ve selected. The power of Sharegate is here, you can apply changes to multiple sites at the same time.

Activate multiple features and site collections in SharePoint

You can find the complete list of features available, and also add Features from other locations.

Activate multiple features and site collections in SharePoint

Imagine the time you can save! Particularly if you have to activate more than 2 features on 25 subsites! 

It took me just 1min 28s to activate 4 times more features with Sharegate, compared to 54s for just 8 features!

The Microsoft way

  • 4 Site Collection features
  • 4 Site features

Total time:

  • 54 seconds for 8 features
  • 6.75 seconds for 1 feature

The Sharegate way

  • 4 Site Collection features
  • 7 sites * 4 Site features
Total time:

  • 1 min 28 seconds for 32 features
  • 2.75 seconds for 1 feature
Activate multiple features and site collections in SharePoint

As you can see you can save a lot of time by applying the same features on multiple sites!

Do you have to activate a lot of features?

Nathalie Jard
Nathalie Jard @NAJard

After many years of working as a ScrumMaster on intranet, governance, and migration projects with different clients, Nathalie Jard brought her extensive SharePoint and Office 365 expertise product-side. She became one of Sharegate’s first Product Managers, and now works on strategic development. She’s always up to date on Microsoft’s newest releases, and is constantly keeping an eye on customer feedback to ensure Sharegate’s features are responding to users’ needs.