Missing Save Site as Template Option in SharePoint 2010
If you are trying to save a site in SharePoint Server 2010 and you don’t see the option for “Save site as template” it is likely because the site has the publishing feature turned on. You have a couple of options to save a site as a template if the site uses the publishing feature.
Use the following syntax to save a site as a template, even if it has the publishing feature turned on:
For example, http://www.contoso.com/training/_layouts/_savetmpl.aspx.
1. Turn the publishing feature off. Go to Site Actions –> Site Settings –> Modify All Site Settings –> Site Administration –> Site Features. Deactivate SharePoint Server Publishing.
2. Save the site as a template.
3. If you create a site based on this template, just make sure you turn on the publishing feature after the site is created.
The option to Save site as template is available in the Site Actions section of Site Settings.