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Site Collection vs SubSite, Best Practice?

  Asked By: Pallavi    Date: Nov 18    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 10633

Since we deployed SharePoint in our company, requests for sites
(different purposes) have been growing very steadily. Normally each site
has its own purpose and is for different group of people. I am wondering
what the best practice is, use site collection or subsite? Personally I
like site collection a little bit more because it is more independent
and easy to operate, such as backup, restore. However it seems more a
big deal to create a site collection instead of creating a subsite.
Could you guys share your onions on this or how you deal with it at



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Marlon Colon     Answered On: Nov 18

My quick response would be to 'whiteboard' the advantages and
disadvantages of both. These are off the top of my head, but I am sure
others have their own ideas:


1. Inherit Content Types

2. Inherit Groups

3. Can inherit navigation from Top Level Site

4. Common branding and customization

5. Constrained by Site Collection hosting Content Database size

Site Collections:

1. Provide an administrative boundary

2. Boundary for customization and branding

3. Boundary for Content Types

4. Can be associated with a single content database

Answer #2    Answered By: Pierre Copeland     Answered On: Nov 18

Site Collection is best practice  when it is invidual deparment
better control is there

Answer #3    Answered By: Lewis Mann     Answered On: Nov 18

We determined to use site  collections for certain applications primarily
because they can be backed up and restored independently with STSADM. To do
the same for subsites requires a third-party package and $$$.

Answer #4    Answered By: Clayton Berry     Answered On: Nov 18

another pros of sites is the sharing of the site  columns. Site column
does not share  cross site collections.

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