I recently needed to check which site template was used to create a site on a production system so I did not have the option to use SharePoint Manager or write some code or PowerShell to open the site and check the site template.
A quick search revealed lots of methods to find this out but they all required that I actually log on to the SharePoint Servers. I needed to find out the site template just using the browser.
I came across a discussion thread where this question was asked and one respondent came up with the answer. You might think there is an application page in the _layouts virtual folder that will provide this information, but no.
The solution is simply to browse to any page on the site, view the source HTML of the page, then search for “SiteTemplateID” where you will be taken straight to a line of…
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