I have a multi-site Sitecore instance with several sites defined using the physicalFolder/virtualFolder attributes defined on the <site> nodes all done with MVC. There is some functionality I would like to add to a page in a more native-MVC fashion where I can invoke the controller thru Javascript and update the DOM elements on the response with the updated html from the controller (ie: /api/sitecore/search/results). The issue I am seeing, since I am inoking the controller directly/natively, it's a bit outside the Sitecore execution pipeline so I have no handle on the Sitecore.Context.Site. Ultimately, what I would like is to do make the routing respect the virtual folder so I can at least get a handle on the SiteContext (ie: /site1/api/sitecore/search/results).


What I ended up doing is registering a single route on pipelines/initialize:

        <processor type="MyFramework.Routing.RegisterVirtualFoldersRoutes, MyFramework" patch:before="processor[@type='Sitecore.Mvc.Pipelines.Loader.InitializeRoutes, Sitecore.Mvc']" />

and in the pipeline itself:

namespace MyFramework.Routing
    public class RegisterVirtualFoldersRoutes
        public virtual void Process(PipelineArgs args)
            RouteTable.Routes.MapRoute("VirtualFolderRouting", "{virtualFolder}/api/sitecore/{controller}/{action}/{id}", new { id = UrlParameter.Optional });

Without any additional customization this allowed me to invoke /site1/api/sitecore/search/results or /site2/api/sitecore/search/results directly and get the SiteContext of the site respective of the virtualFolder. I assume there may be some collisions between the virtualfolder/api/sitecore and other defined routes, but none of them come to mind currently.

  • This perfectly worked for my virtual paths which contain no forward slashes. thanks – Alireza Jan 10 at 12:29
  • In the meantime, I'm trying to find a way to make it work with site containing slashes in their virtual folder. Do you have any idea? – Alireza Jan 10 at 12:30
  • @Alireza, could you provide an example of what kind of virtual folder you would ultimately be using? – vandsh Jan 10 at 17:20
  • 0 Some of my websites contain one or more "/" in their virtual folders, something like /demo/v1, /demo/v2, dev/v1, dev/v2, etc. Due to some marketing and design restrictions, I have to put them in separate websites. I'm doing something now, and I'll share it here with you when it's done :) – Alireza Jan 11 at 14:28

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