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What are the Benefits of Content Types vs List Template in SharePoint

  Date: May 30    Category: MOSS    Views: 1969

What are the benefits of using a content type over a list template?



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Answer #1    Answered On: May 30    

One example I like to use to explain the use of content types is a
company letterhead. Let's say you create a content type at the root of
your collection (or, in 2010, the content type hub) that contains the
basic Word document letterhead with the CEO's name on it. If each
department of the company (that is to say, each subsite of the
collection) subscribes to that content type, then everyone can use that
one base letterhead word template.

Let's say the CEO is tired of making eleventy-bajillion dollars a year
and quits. The new CEO is hired and now the letterhead needs to be
changed. If everyone just had a copy of the letterhead in their site,
which is the conceptualization of the list template, then when you
wanted to change the letterhead (the template) you would have to go to
each site and alter it by hand. Once or twice is easy but hundreds of
times may become annoying.

Instead, luckily, you created it as a content type. You would go to the
top-level content type and modify it one time. You could then push those
changes, using the almighty checkbox for pushing the changes down to
every site that inherits that content type, and everyone immediately has
the new letterhead template.

Make sense?