How to create a design package in SharePoint 2016?
The design package is a .wsp file that can be created through the Design Manager in SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016, contains branding assets that are stored in Design Manager. With the packaging feature of the Design Manager, we can package all our branding artifacts into a Re-deployable package (wsp) without using Visual Studio.

Here are the steps to create and apply a design package:

  1. Create a design package using Design Manager in SharePoint 2016
  2. Export design package WSP file from the source site collection
  3. Import & Apply design package to the target site

Step 1: Create a design package in SharePoint 2013/2016

Creating the design package is quite simple.

The design package will be stored in side solution gallery of the site collection that can be found here: http://site-collection-url/_catalogs/solutions

Step 3: SharePoint 2013 import design package (WSP)

Once the design package is ready, it can be imported to any site through the “Import design package” option in Site Settings. We can port it to anywhere and apply the new design through this package. Here are the steps to apply the design package to the target site.

Make sure the destination site collection is a publishing site or have publishing feature enabled!

That’s all. This actives the sandbox solution automatically and your new design should be live now!

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