This will be a short little post as quick reminder.
Something I didn’t realize about SharePoint teamsites when they have their publishing features enabled is that they no longer give the option to save the site as a template.
This was a problem for me as I was trying to make a series of dashboard sites. Then I found that just because the Save Site as Template link no longer exists doesn’t mean we still can’t get to the page.
If you add “/_layouts/savetmpl.aspx” to the end of your url it will take you to the page for creating site templates.
Hopefully this workaround will help you out.