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Turning on Publishing with PowerShell in SharePoint Online

April 2, 2016

We came across a situation recently where we needed to enable Publishing (at the web level – ie. It was already on at the site collection level) using PowerShell. This was in the context of a script that created many Sub Sites (webs) based on an automated process.

A good time to remind everyone that using Sub Sites is generally bad practice these days with SharePoint. Site Collections are a far better idea. There are certain exceptions to that (such as the case that lead to the script in this blog post). Take a look at Sean Wallbridge’s post for more information https://itgroove.net/brainlitter/2015/06/01/site-collections-for-the-win/.

# LOAD SHAREPOINT SDK (whichever method you prefer)

$siteCollectionUrl = “<site collection URL here>”

$username = “<username here>”

# Prompt for password at runtime.

$password = Read-Host -Prompt “Enter password” -AsSecureString

$credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($username, $password)

$clientContext = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($siteCollectionUrl)

$clientContext.Credentials = $credentials

$FeatureId = [GUID](“94c94ca6-b32f-4da9-a9e3-1f3d343d7ecb”)

$webFeatures = $clientContext.Web.Features



$webfeatures.Add($featureId, $force, [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.FeatureDefinitionScope]::None)


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