Join Gary Yeoman for an in-depth discussion in this video Comparing sites and site collections, part of Designing a SharePoint Taxonomy.
- Site Collections and Sites are important building blocks, or containers, when designing a SharePoint Taxonomy. And it is important to understand some high-level differences between them. Site Collections are simply containers with at least a root, or top level, Site. In an On-Premises SharePoint installation, Site Collections can be moved between databases. For example, a new Site Collection might be created every financial year to sort sales related information. Site Collections older than two years old, and therefore not in use, can be backed up and then configured to allow only read access.
These older Site Collections could also be moved to a different SharePoint database which uses more cost-effective hardware as there wouldn't be a need for high performance equipment. Site Collections hold a hierarchy of Sites and the Sites hold the actual content, documents and data in libraries and lists. Both can be used to groups group and secure content based on requirements but there are other content, security, and policy considerations including administrative and management overhead that may lead you to use Site Collections over Sites.
- What is SharePoint taxonomy?
- Creating multiple libraries
- Using metadata
- Creating custom lists
- Working with columns
- Evaluating design choices