How to create new page in Sitecore

- Pranay on Sep 30 '16
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This post is helpful for beginners in Sitecore development. This tutorial helps creating pages in Sitecore from the scratch involving custom layouts, templates, renderings, content items with presentation details.

I. Visual studio project setup

  1. To setup a Visual Studio project for Sitecore go through the link – Integrating Visual Studio solution with Sitecore MVC

  2. Adding Glassmapper ORM: Glassmapper is an ORM to access the Sitecore items as class objects/models. Install Glassmapper to the Visual studio project by adding the Glass.Mapper.Sc from nuget package manager.

II. Layout creation

Create a layout file in visual studio. i.e., create a .cshtml file inside the Views/Shared folder with name _Layout.cshtml and with the below content.

@using Sitecore.Mvc
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <title>Demo 1</title>
    <link href="~/Content/Styles.css" rel="stylesheet" />
</head>
<body>
    <div class="root">
        <div class="header-content">
            @Html.Sitecore().Placeholder("phHeader")
        </div>

        <div class="body-content">
            @Html.Sitecore().Placeholder("phContent")
        </div>

        <div class="footer-content">
            @Html.Sitecore().Placeholder("phFooter")
        </div>
    </div>
</body>
</html>

Create a layout item in Sitecore

  1. Go to Content editor in Sitecore
  2. Right click on Layouts (/sitecore/layout/Layouts) item, click ‘insert’ and select ‘Layout’ to create a new Layout. Name it as BaseLayout
  3. Provide the Path value for the new layout. Path: /Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml

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III. Template creation

Create a new template in Sitecore

  1. Right click on Templates (/sitecore/templates/) item, click on insert and select ‘New template’
  2. Give some name as ‘MyTemplate’
  3. Give the Base Template as ‘Templates/System/Templates/Standard template’, which is the default value.
  4. Select the Location as ‘User Defined’.
  5. Add a section name and create two new fields as shown below. Image Text

IV. Renderings creation

Create Controller renderings in Sitecore

  1. Right click on the Renderings item, click insert and select Controller rendering. Name it as Home Content

  2. Give the Controller and Controller Action field values as below

    Controller: Home

    Controller Action: Index

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  3. Similarly create another four Controller renderings in Sitecore by following the above steps but with different names and values as below.

    • Rendering Name: About Content, Controller: Home, Controller Action: About

    • Rendering Name: Contact Content, Controller: Home, Controller Action: Contact

    • Rendering Name: Header, Controller: Home, Controller Action: Header

    • Rendering Name: Footer, Controller: Home, Controller Action: Footer

V. Pages creation

Lets create some simple pages in visual studio – Home page, About page, Contact page

  1. Go to the Visual studio and create a Controller ‘Home’ with below action methods.

    • Index
    • Header
    • Footer
    • About
    • Contact
  2. Below is the code snippet for the same.

    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Web;
    using System.Web.Mvc;
    using Glass.Mapper.Sc;
    
    namespace SitecoreApp.Controllers
    {
        public class HomeController : Controller
        {
            public ActionResult Index()
            {
                var context = new SitecoreContext();
                var viewModel = context.GetCurrentItem<MyTemplate>();
                return View(viewModel);
            }
            public ActionResult Header()
            {
                return View();
            }
            public ActionResult Footer()
            {
                return View();
            }
            public ActionResult About()
            {
                var context = new SitecoreContext();
                var viewModel = context.GetCurrentItem<MyTemplate>();
                return View(viewModel);
            }
            public ActionResult Contact()
            {
                var context = new SitecoreContext();
                var viewModel = context.GetCurrentItem<MyTemplate>();
                return View(viewModel);
            }
        }
    }
    

    Model - MyTemplate.cs

    using Glass.Mapper.Sc.Configuration.Attributes;
    using System;
    
    namespace SitecoreApp.Models
    {
        public class MyTemplate
        {
            [SitecoreId]
            public virtual Guid Id { get; set; }
    
            [SitecoreField]
            public virtual string Title { get; set; }
    
            [SitecoreField]
            public virtual string Description { get; set; }
        }
    }
    
  3. For the above created action methods, create respective views with simple content as shown below.

    Index.cshtml

    @inherits Glass.Mapper.Sc.Web.Mvc.GlassView<SitecoreApp.Models.MyTemplate>
    <h2>@Model.Title</h2>
    <div>@Html.Raw(Model.Description)</div>
    

    Header.cshtml

    <h2>Header</h2>
    

    Footer.cshtml

     <h2>Footer</h2>
    

    Contact.cshtml

    @inherits Glass.Mapper.Sc.Web.Mvc.GlassView<SitecoreApp.Models.MyTemplate>
    <h2>@Model.Title</h2>
    <div>@Html.Raw(Model.Description)</div>
    

    About.cshtml

    @inherits Glass.Mapper.Sc.Web.Mvc.GlassView<SitecoreApp.Models.MyTemplate>
    <h2>@Model.Title</h2>
    <div>@Html.Raw(Model.Description)</div>
    

Create Content items in Sitecore for each of these pages

  1. Right click on the Home item, click insert and select ‘Insert from Template’.
  2. Select the Template as /User Defined/MyTemplate.
  3. Name the item as ‘About.
  4. Give some ‘Title’ and ‘Description’ for the page
  5. Select the About item. Go to the Presentation tab at the top and click on ‘Details’. Edit the Default layout.

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  6. Add the layout as shown below.

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  7. Add the below renderings with respective placeholders

    • Header
    • About
    • Footer

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  8. With this, we have completed the creation of About page. Similarly create another item Contact and assign the renderings respectively as shown below.

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  9. Similarly, edit the Home item’s presentation details as below.

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VI. Publishing and testing

  1. Republish the website and the browse the pages using the below URLs

    Home page – http://instancename/Home

    About page – http://instancename/About

    Contact page – http://instancename/Contact

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About the author

Pranay Deegoju
Sitecore Certified Professional

A Software Engineer by profession, a part time blogger and an enthusiast programmer. You can find more about me here.



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