Site columns vs List-centric columns: What’s the Difference?

List-centric columns :

Some types of columns are relevant for a specific list only. Such columns clutter site column gallery severely for all other users.

Consider for example, the issue list of a software development team. The list may have a column tracking if a client had called about a specific application bug or may be a feature request. Such a column is hence not appropriate for another list or site existing in your SharePoint environment.

Another example can be of a column containing significant data that needs to be shared with few people in the organization.


The data may include any of the following –

  • Manually entered items
  • Data from external business system

In any of such cases exist; you can create a column attached to a single SharePoint list.


Site columns :

These are highly suited when you have a data column that should be related to multiple lists & libraries. You should use the site column majorly to ensure that consistency exists in the way a column is configured. By creating the column once and then placing it in central gallery, you get to save time and effort better.


Kristin is a content strategist at Techarex Networks. Kristin follows the B2B technology space closely and loves to write on the latest changes in technology, futuretech and fixes for day to day how to issues. Besides writing Kristin also loves music, moves and skating.

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