I am working on refactoring some code and want to create WebApi services to do so. I have created an initialization pipeline that registers custom routes. I am still able to follow base sitecore ssc webapi methods if need be.

My issue is that I am not able to get my Post controller method to bind to my ajax post request JSON object. High level I have a controller method called Post, the method parameter is an object with two public properties, FirstName and LastName. In my ajax request I set the contentType to application/json and set the following as data:

{"FirstName":"first", "LastName": "last"}

The pieces are as follows:

  1. Controller

    public class MyApiController : ServicesApiController
  2. Controller Method

    public IHttpActionResult Search([FromBody]SearchRequest searchRequest)
  3. Model Class

    public class SearchRequest
       public string FirstName { get; set; }
       public string LastName { get; set; }
  4. CustomRoute

    var routes = config.Routes;
         new { controller = "MyApi" });
  5. Ajax Method

       type: 'Post',
       contentType: 'application/json',
       data: { "FirstName" : "first", "LastName" : "last" },
       url: '/sitecore/api/test/myapi'

I appreciate anyone's help.

  • 1
    I can see one error in your code: you use for json : firstName and in complex type you have FirstName; Can you check ? Aug 18, 2017 at 4:50
  • What version of jquery are you using? Have you confirmed that the ajax request is definitely going out as a post? It looks like there is a comma missing after the object being passed to data.
    – Teeknow
    Aug 18, 2017 at 15:40
  • @Teeknow, sorry for the typo. In the Javascript there is a comma after data. Using JQuery 1.11.0. Yes I am sure the request in made as a post. I can see in Chrome development tools, the request is made with a post.
    – Derek Port
    Aug 18, 2017 at 15:47
  • @SitecoreClimber, after changing the properties in the JSON to match the case in my Model class, I still get the 404.
    – Derek Port
    Aug 18, 2017 at 15:50
  • @DerekPort no problem. Can you try removing your route and making the request to the default contorller route which should be the following: /sitecore/api/myapi/{put_your_method_here}
    – Teeknow
    Aug 18, 2017 at 15:52

3 Answers 3


It looks like you need to use the JSON.stringify() to pass an object.

   type: 'Post',
   contentType: 'application/json',
   data: JSON.stringify({ "firstName" : "first", "lastName" : "last" })
   url: '/sitecore/api/test/myapi'
  • No change after changing data parameter to use JSON.stringify.
    – Derek Port
    Aug 18, 2017 at 14:55

I have seen this issue before if u set default controller or method Sitecore has thrown 404 for me too.

Try setting the custom route as below:

RouteTable.Routes.MapRoute("CustomRoute1", "sitecore/api/test/{controller}/{action}");

More info on creating a custom route here - creating custom routes in sitecore

  • No luck using the approach above.
    – Derek Port
    Aug 21, 2017 at 15:55
  • Are you overriding any sitecore 404 code? Aug 21, 2017 at 17:49

I found my issue. There was another controller with the same name. Once I changed the name of the controller to something unique, I got the expected results.

I'm a bit surprised that I didn't get a different exception, but nonetheless I'm moving forward.

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