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I have to create a list with some columns on several different sites. For that which process shall I use from the following and why : Content Types, Site Collection Level List Site Level List and List Template? What's the difference between all the four?

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If you need just create list (not workflows and complicated relations), I think the best and easiest way is to create List Template. It's so easy to create, upload and to use on different sites. Hope it hepls.

  • Will this work if I am working on different site collection level? – Anand Aug 17 '16 at 9:46
  • Yes, it works for sites, subsites, subsites under subsites, etc. :) – David Repka Aug 17 '16 at 10:25
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A flexible,practical and maintainable solution is to create a re-runnable Powershell script to deploy your Site Columns and Content Typesand then you can create lists from these content types.

A good reference is here: https://www.captechconsulting.com/blogs/bulk-creation-of-sharepoint-site-columns-and-content-types-with-powershell-part-1

You can also use CSOM (javascript or C#) instead of using Powershell

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