In my code, I'm trying to access the root path for the current site.

Let's say I'm accessing my website http://mywebsite.

Here is the site definition:


When I try to get the root path, all methods I've tried return /sitecore/content. What I want to get is /sitecore/content/Somesite, which is what I've specified on the site definition.

I tried the following:

  • Sitecore.Context.Site.RootPath
  • foreach(var site in Sitecore.Configuration.Factory.GetSiteInfoList())
  • Sitecore.Context.Site.ContentStartPath (which returns null)

Is there something I'm missing, like passing the current hostname or something that can pick the complete root path?

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Here's how I solved the problem.

First, I created a helper method GetSiteContext that returns a SiteContext object based on a URL. This helper method iterates through all configured sites and tries to match them to the host name of the URL. If no site matches, the context of the website is returned.

public static SiteContext GetSiteContext(Uri requestUrl)
    Assert.ArgumentNotNull(requestUrl, "requestUrl");
    string requestHostName = requestUrl.Host;

    foreach (SiteInfo siteInfo in Factory.GetSiteInfoList())
        if (IsMatch(requestHostName, siteInfo.HostName) || IsMatch(requestHostName, siteInfo.TargetHostName))
            return new SiteContext(siteInfo);

    return SiteContext.GetSite("website");

private static bool IsMatch(string input, string wildcardPattern)
    if (string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(input) || string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(wildcardPattern))
        return false;

    string regexPattern = WildcardToRegex(wildcardPattern);
    return Regex.IsMatch(input, regexPattern, RegexOptions.IgnoreCase);

You can see a usage example below. In this code, I am obtaining a site context based on the current request URL.

var siteContext = GetSiteContext(HttpContext.Current.Request.Url);
Item item;

if (siteContext != null)
     item = DatabaseProvider.MasterDatabase.GetItem(siteContext.RootPath + siteContext.StartItem);

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    Thank you very much. I appreciate your help. This is really helpful. Dec 12, 2016 at 1:01

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