Do you know that you need to migrate 'custom site template' before upgrade to SharePoint 2013 UI?
  v1.0 Posted at 24/04/2013 11:48 AM by System Account

If you have “custom site template” for  your site, you can’t upgrade your site to the SharePoint 2013 UI unless you have a site template with the same name ready for new UI.


Figure:SharePoint will show you an error “Missing Site Templates” that prevents you from upgrading

​To fix this issue

  1. Upgrade your site template’s content files and definition XML file to SharePoint 2013 (refer to SharePoint 2013 default site template for details).
  2. Package the site template’s content files to map location “{SharePointRoot}\Template\SiteTemplate”.
3.Package the site template’s definition XML file to map location “{SharePointRoot}\TEMPLATE\1033\XML”.


4.Deploy the package.
5.Try to upgrade to SharePoint 2013 UI again.

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