We are building a multilingual site and language fallback is enabled for all the languages to fall back to English language content. Though one exception is that, we don't want pages of a specific template on one of the language sites to fallback to English Language. My requirements are very similar to this post Disable Language Fallback for specific item language As per the answer in that post, using "Enforce Version Presence - Hide this item if no language version exists [shared]" settings, it disables the language fallback for all the language site. So it doesn't meet our requirement. So How can I achieve disabling fallback on a specific template for a given language?

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What you can do is patch the GetLanguageFallbackItem processor in the GetLanguageFallbackItem pipeline and check for your custom requirements:

public class CustomGetLanguageFallbackItem : Sitecore.Pipelines.ItemProvider.GetItem.GetLanguageFallbackItem
    public override void Process(GetItemArgs args)
        var item = args.Database.GetItem(args.ItemId);
        if (item != null && Sitecore.Context.Site != null)
            // Check for custom requirements
            if (Sitecore.Context.Site.Name == "site-with-disabled-fallback" 
                && item.TemplateID == new ID("MY-TEMPLATE-GUID"))
                return; // abort processor to disable fallback

        // Proceed with fallback processor

Config patch:

 <configuration xmlns:patch="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/">
      <group name="itemProvider" groupName="itemProvider">
          <getItem >
            <processor type="My.Namespace.CustomGetLanguageFallbackItem, My.Namespace" 
                       patch:replace="Sitecore.Pipelines.ItemProvider.GetItem.GetLanguageFallbackItem, Sitecore.Kernel"/>

Note: this has not been tested thoroughly. Please leave comment if it works for you.

  • Thanks Mark for the feedback and potential solution. I will try it out and inform if it works. (though i may not be able get back this week).
    – Dinesh
    Commented Nov 4, 2019 at 4:01
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    Using line below will cause infinite loop var item = args.Database.GetItem(args.ItemId); You might need to use code below instead: var item = args.Result ?? ((object)args.ItemId != null ? args.FallbackProvider.GetItem(args.ItemId, args.Language, args.Version, args.Database, args.SecurityCheck) : args.FallbackProvider.GetItem(args.ItemPath, args.Language, args.Version, args.Database, args.SecurityCheck)); Commented Jun 14, 2023 at 9:17

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