You are visiting the High Monkey blog archive. Posts prior to 2016 may not meet accessibility standards. Please visit our current blog area at to view accessibility compliant blog posts published since January 1, 2016.

Blank Web Site Template and Term Store

Written By: Virgil Carroll
Posted: 1/20/2012


The blank site template does not expose the Taxonomy Feature which enables Term Store Management at the Site level and Enterprise Keywords in a document library. This is ONLY if the blank site template is used at the Site Collection level.


On the Central Administration Server, run the following Powershell command as Farm Administrator:

Enable-SPFeature –Url "http://thesite" -Identity "TaxonomyFieldAdded"

  • Click on All Programs
  • Find the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell
  • Run as Administrator : See Screenshot
  • (Image)
  • Type in the following at the prompt

Enable-SPFeature –Url "" -Identity "TaxonomyFieldAdded"

Click Enter

This is a known issue. Check out this blog from Paul Stork who documented it almost two years ago and has a much more involved explanation:

Chad's Bio Coming Soon!

More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

Posted: 1/20/2012 12:00:00 AM by | with 0 comments
Filed under: