How can I change the "where the site name compares to value" personalization rule so that "value" is a list of Sites driven by my configuration?

I have a website in multiple languages with multiple hostnames. Each hostname corresponds to a different country and different site definition within my configuration (but each site points to the same place in the content tree). I have named my sites after countries, so:

  • mysite.com resolves to the "United States" site
  • mysite.co.uk resolves to the "Great Britain" site
  • mysite.ca resolves to the "Canada" site

What I am looking for is a way to change the "where the current web site name compares to value" to allow for a Dropdown List of "United States", "Great Britain", and "Canada" rather than a raw text field.

  1. Copy the /sitecore/system/Settings/Rules/Definitions/Elements/System/Web Site Name
  2. Put where the current web site name [operatorid,StringOperator,,compares to] [Value,Tree,root=/sitecore/system/Settings/Rules/Definitions/Elements/System/Copy of Web Site Name/Sites, value] into the Text field of /sitecore/system/Settings/Rules/Definitions/Elements/System/Web Site Name
  3. Implement your custom condition which can resolve the item by ID because by default WebSiteNameCondition expects your site name as a string

    using Sitecore;
    using Sitecore.Diagnostics;
    using Sitecore.Rules;
    using Sitecore.Sites;
    namespace MyProject.SiteConditions
        public class WebSiteNameCondition<T> : Sitecore.Rules.Conditions.SiteConditions.WebSiteNameCondition<T> where T : RuleContext
            protected override bool Execute(T ruleContext)
                Assert.ArgumentNotNull(ruleContext, "ruleContext");
                if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(base.Value))
                    return false;
                var siteItem = Context.Database.GetItem(base.Value);
                if (siteItem == null)
                    return false;
                var siteName = siteItem["YourSiteField"];
                SiteContext site = Context.Site;
                if (site == null)
                    return false;
                    return this.Compare(site.Name, siteName);
  4. Put your implementation path to the Type field, in this case it is MyProject.SiteConditions.WebSiteNameCondition,MyProject


You can select your website as an item in Rule Set Editor when you are using this newly created rule:

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I suggest you to also read the following article to understand what are these 4 parameters for - https://community.sitecore.net/technical_blogs/b/sitecore_what39s_new/posts/creating-custom-conditions-part-1

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    1) Is it the name of the selected item that is taken as the value? 2) Is it a good practice to define the options under the condition item? – Dmytro Shevchenko Dec 1 '16 at 8:13
  • @DmytroShevchenko, that's true, I would like to check in the evening. Now it gets the ID of the selected page item. I will provide the corrected answer then after investigation. – Tamás Tárnok Dec 1 '16 at 13:53
  • Can I avoid using the standard template? I already have my countries defined in the tree somewhere else, and want to use a field off of each one. – Dylan McCurry Dec 1 '16 at 20:18
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    @DylanMcCurry Yes, you can use your own path. At the moment this answer is not a solution because when you select the site in Rule Set Editor then it writes the ID of the item as a value and this rule expect the site name as a string. I would like to provide you a full answer just I am still working today. – Tamás Tárnok Dec 1 '16 at 20:20
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    @DylanMcCurry, updated my answer. – Tamás Tárnok Dec 1 '16 at 22:04

I would not change the existing condition. Instead I would implement a custom condition that functions as you'd like. The following blog post explains in detail how to create a custom condition.


The condition you are going to copy is located here:

/sitecore/system/Settings/Rules/Definitions/Elements/Visit/Site Name

You'll need to accomplish every step described in the blog post but the main thing you need to do to display a drop-down to the Marketer instead of a text box is to configure your custom condition with the following syntax:

where the country name [operatorid,StringOperator,,compares to] [value,Tree,root=[[full Sitecore path to an item in your Sitecore tree that contains country items]],specific country]

What exposes the drop-down GUI instead of the textbox GUI is the Tree and root elements in the second half of the statement above.

  • This is great! How do I control which field I pull from my selected value? – Dylan McCurry Dec 1 '16 at 20:18
  • @DylanMcCurry, the answer provided by TRNKTMS seems complete to me. Should be everything you need. – DougCouto Dec 1 '16 at 22:53

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