I am trying to create a controller Rendering with the use of FieldRenderer.Render, but this does not work.

The Controller

public ActionResult PageImage()
        return View(PageImageModelBuilder.GetPageImageViewModel(RenderingContext.Current.ContextItem));

the function where I am building my ViewModel

   public PageImageViewModel GetPageImageViewModel(Item currentItem)
        var model = new PageImageViewModel();
            var renderer = new FieldRenderer();
            renderer.DisableWebEditing = false;
            renderer.Item = currentItem;
            renderer.FieldName = "Image";

            model.PageImage = new HtmlString(renderer.Render());
            //model.PageImage = new HtmlString(FieldRenderer.Render(currentItem, "Image"));
            model.Beschreibung = new HtmlString(FieldRenderer.Render(currentItem, Templates.PageImage.Fields.Beschreibung_FieldName));
        catch (Exception exception)
            Sitecore.Diagnostics.Log.Error("GetPageImageViewModel Error", exception, typeof(PageImageViewModel));

        return model;

the view Model

public class PageImageViewModel
    public HtmlString PageImage { get; set; }
    public HtmlString Beschreibung { get; set; }

and last but not Least the Controller Rendering

@using Feature.PageContent
@model Feature.PageContent.Models.Models.PageImageViewModel

<div class="">
  <p>Hallo Welt</p>
  @Html.Sitecore().Field("Image", new { mw = 400, @class = "img-fluid" })
  <p>Default Field: @Html.Sitecore().Field("Beschreibung")</p>

The Renderings with "Sitecore().Field" are working, but my controller Renderings with HTmlString are not showing up

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I think I am doing something wrong with the Context perhaps but I am not shure what. When you need more informations then plz tell me.

Is using a ViewModel with HtmlString the right approach or what should I use?

1 Answer 1


It seems that I was using the wrong Context Item when I use this


everything is working fine. Would be nice to know what is the difference between these two contexts

  • 1
    brainjocks.wpengine.com/sitecore-mvc-item-maze might help you a bit..
    – Gatogordo
    Oct 15, 2018 at 12:01
  • 1
    For RenderingContext.Current.Rendering.Item - it uses the datsource of the current, ancestor or page item (if datasource not set). For RenderingContext.Current.ContextItem - uses the current page item as the datasource or the ancestor rendering. It ignores the renderings datasource. There is a setting in Sitecore.MVC.Config that can change the behavior called Mvc.AllowDataSourceNesting.
    – RReilley
    Oct 15, 2018 at 13:42

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