What we wanted to do was to have placeholder text in our DDLs that:

  • will trigger data validation if not changed from its default value
  • is non-selectable after a choice has been made


  • Sitecore does not allow you to add an option to a DDL with a blank value.

How can we do this?

1 Answer 1

  • Decide on a convention like 'placeholder' or 'null' as the Value of the default option you want to use

Like this...

  • Go into your webroot to: ...\Views\FormBuilder\FieldTemplates\DropdownList.cshtml and modify like this

     @foreach (var item in Model.Items)
         if (item.Value.ToLowerInvariant() == "placeholder"){
             <option value="" selected="@item.Selected" disabled hidden>@item.Text</option>
             <option value="@item.Value" selected="@item.Selected">@item.Text</option>


  • set the attributes 'disabled' and 'hidden' (this will make it non-selectable after a choice is made)
  • set 'value' to "" (value="" will trigger the validation when the submit button is pressed)

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