I have a blog website, and a page where I can view and search in all the blog posts I have so far. Each blog is tagged with 1-2 tags in the "tagging" field in their respective item on Sitecore 9.

I'm using the "Search Results" SXA component to view all the search results for all blog posts, and a rendering variant to show specific fields from the blog posts, e.g. "title","date" stuff like that.

My question: Is there a way I can show the tags of each individual blog post in the search results using a rendering variant for the search results? If not, is there any other way I can implement this?


You can do this. Use VariantReference and then VariantField or VariantToken items and display tag name or field value:

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Thanks to a number of extension points in SXA it's fairly easy to implement a custom solution for this.

There is resolveVariantTokens pipeline which contains, for example, such processors:

    <processor type="Sitecore.XA.Foundation.Variants.Abstractions.Pipelines.ResolveVariantTokens.ResolveIFileTypeIcon, Sitecore.XA.Foundation.Variants.Abstractions" resolve="true" />
    <processor type="Sitecore.XA.Foundation.Variants.Abstractions.Pipelines.ResolveVariantTokens.ResolveItemId, Sitecore.XA.Foundation.Variants.Abstractions" resolve="true" />
    <processor type="Sitecore.XA.Foundation.Variants.Abstractions.Pipelines.ResolveVariantTokens.ResolveItemName, Sitecore.XA.Foundation.Variants.Abstractions" resolve="true" />
    <processor type="Sitecore.XA.Foundation.Variants.Abstractions.Pipelines.ResolveVariantTokens.ResolveSize, Sitecore.XA.Foundation.Variants.Abstractions" resolve="true" />

Investigate one or two of them. You will notice that it's quite easy to add your own token called for example $tags and then use it in Token variant item like this:

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Your custom processor would simply gets tags out of an item and just return tags name or <span class="tag-something>TAG_NAME</span>.

  • Will the Reference in the variant definition work with a multilist field? Wasn't sure about that one as the documentation only mentions fields linking to a single item.
    – Gatogordo
    May 24 '18 at 13:00
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    @Gatogordo It should handle FielField, ImageField, LinkField, ReferenceField, LookupField and MultilistField. So if you have multiple tags it should render all of them. May 24 '18 at 13:20
  • I used this to render Department tags in search results. Worked like a charm! Apr 5 '19 at 20:43

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