This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer 2013

This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer

In this article, we will solve “This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer 2013” in SharePoint Server / SharePoint Online.

This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer

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This website has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer 2013


In SharePoint Server 2013 / Project Server 2013. while I tried to edit the Project Site Master Page. I got the following error message:

This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer 2013

This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer 2013

Why we got This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer 2013?

This website has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer 2013” issue might occur in case of

  • SharePoint Designer might be disallowed to be used in this  Web Application.
  • By default, Web design features are disabled in ONET.XML file.

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How to solve This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer 2013?

To solve this issue “This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer 2013” we’ll go through the following:

  • Allow SharePoint Designer to be used in this Web Application.
  • Enable web design feature for Project Site Template.

SharePoint Designer is not allowed to be used in this  Web Application

First, make sure that you have allowed SharePoint Designer to be used in this  Web Application by doing the following:

Steps
  • Open Central Administration.
  • Go to Application Management > Manage Web Application.
  • Select Web Application that you would like to allow SharePoint Designer to be used.
  • From the above ribbon, click “General Settings” > SharePoint Designer.
Allow SharePoint Designer to be used in this Web Application.
  • Scroll down to “SharePoint Designer Settings”.
  • Make sure that the “Enable SharePoint Designer” is checked.
Enable SharePoint Designer for SharePoint Web Application

Web design feature is disabled for Project Site Template

First of all, you should be aware of the web design feature is disabled by default for Project Site Template. So if you tried to edit a SharePoint Project site using SharePoint Designer, you must first enable web design feature in ONET.XML Project Site template file.

You can’t edit ONET.XML Project Site template file in SharePoint Online.

Enable Web design feature for Project Site Template

To enable the web design features in ONET.XML file for PWA Template, you should do the following:

Steps
  • Navigate to the following path:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\TEMPLATE\SiteTemplates

Note: 15 hive depend on the SharePoint Version

– 15 for SharePoint 2016 / 2013,

– 14 for SharePoint 2010,

– 12 for SharePoint 2007).

  • Open  (PWA) > XML Folder.
PWA Site Template Path
  • Take a backup for ONET.xml file before you edit it.
  • Right click on ONET.xml file to edit it with an appropriate editor like Notepad, Vs ..etc.
sitetemppath
  •  Press Ctrl + F on the keyboard to search for DisableWebDesignFeatures=”wdfopensite” that should be placed in Project Tag.
DisableWebDesignFeatures="wdfopensite"
Disable Web Design Features
  • Remove this Property DisableWebDesignFeatures=”wdfopensite” from Project tag.
  • Save and Close.
  • Reset IIS (Run > CMD).
IISRESET /force
The server was unable to save the form at this time. Please try again.
  • Now, try to restart SharePoint Designer that should be worked properly now.

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This website has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer in SharePoint Online

In SharePoint Online, you might also get the “This website has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer” in case:

  • The current site is a modern Site.
  • The current site is a classic site but the custom scripting is not enabled.

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Edit Modern SharePoint Site in SharePoint Designer in SharePoint Online

By design, the SharePoint Modern Site are NOT supported to be edited by SharePoint Designer.

Unfortunate, you cannot access sites using SharePoint Designer. there is no way to edit and customize the Modern experience site by SharePoint Designer.

For more details, check the Supported customization on “modern” team sites.


Enable Custom Scripting In SharePoint Online

To can edit your SharePoint online classic experience site, you should do the following:

  • Enable Custom Scripting.
  • Allow Add and Customize Pages using PowerShell.
  • Enable SharePoint Designer in SharePoint Online.

Steps

By default, editing the root Site collection is disabled in SharePoint Online, to enable it, try to do the following:

  • SharePoint Admin Center > Settings > Custom Script.
Enable Custom Scripting In SharePoint Online
  • Enable the custom script by checking
    • Allow users to run a custom script on personal sites.
    • Allow users to run a custom script on self-service created sites

Note: Changes to the above settings might take up 24 hours to take effect!

Allow Add and Customize Pages using SharePoint Online PowerShell

  • Using SharePoint Online Admin,
  • Run the below cmdlet in SharePoint Online PowerShell
Connect-SPOService -Url https://theTenantURL.sharepoint.com/
Set-SPOSite -DenyAddAndCustomizePages 0 -Identity https://yourSiteURL

Allow Site Owners and Designers to use SharePoint Designer in this Site Collection

  • Go to Site Settings.
  • Below Site collection Administration > Click on SharePoint Designer Settings.
  • Check “Enable SharePoint Designer”.
Enable SharePoint Designer settings in SharePoint Online

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Conclusion

In conclusion, we have solved “This web site has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer 2013” in SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server

Applied To
  • SharePoint Online.
  • SharePoint Designer 2013.
  • SharePoint Server 2019.
  • SharePoint Server 2016.
  • Project Server 2016.
  • Project Server 2013.
  • Project Server 2010.
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