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How to Reuse Content Types Between Different Web Applications Using the Content Type Hub in SharePoint 2010

Written By: Rahul Mehta -- 8/4/2011 -- join -- contribute -- (0) comments -- printer friendly version

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Categories: Configurations, Design, Features, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010

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Problem

SharePoint defines content types to store different types of metadata. SharePoint 2007 was limited in respect to content type centralization and sharing between site collections/web applications.

Solution

 SharePoint 2010 introduces a new concept called the 'Content Type Hub'. It is a centralized application where users can create different content types and publish them. As it would be defined as content type hub, every application could use it with a single configuration. The advantage is it would be centralized and could be shared among different applications. In this article we will show how to achieve this.

First of all create a new web application and a team site.



Now go to Central Administration  -> Application Management  -> Manage Service Applications  -> Select Managed Metadata Service. Click Properties on the Ribbon.



Scroll down to the Application Pool Section. In the lower half, under Content Type Hub, we need to add the URL of the root site collection of web application which we have just created. By adding it here, it will define the web application as a content type hub. Once you have added it, click OK.



Move back to created web application and create a content type (I name mine 'EmployeeContentType'). It has some basic information like empname, empno, empage, empaddress and empcontact.



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