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  • Yannick Smits 321 posts 718 karma points
    May 12, 2013 @ 17:20
    Yannick Smits

    SurfaceController results in 404 IIS page

    Per the instructions in the docs I have created a MySurfaceController class and saved it in /controllers. Created a html layout in /views/my/index.cshtml

    Then try to request:


    which results in an IIS 404 (staticfile handler).

    What else should I do? I tried this both on 6.0.0 and 6.1.0. beta 2.

  • Sebastiaan Janssen 5018 posts 15341 karma points MVP admin hq
    May 15, 2013 @ 09:57
    Sebastiaan Janssen

    Are you using your own global.asax? It should inherit from Umbraco.Web.UmbracoApplication. 

    Other than that, in a clean install this works.

    Make sure to check out my (very much work in progress) v6 examples site:

    It shows you better ways of mixing umbraco and controllers/views. 

    Basically: If you need a form to be handled by a controller:

    • Create page with a template (MyTemplate.cshtml, an MVC View in ~/Views inheriting from UmbracoTemplatePage)
    • Create a partial view for the form, use Html.BeginUmbracoForm to wrap the form, the model is your model class (@model MyModel)
    • On your MyTemplate, add the partial and pass it an instance of your model: @Html.Partial("~/Views/Partials/MyForm.cshtml"), new MyModel())
    As I said, check out the examples site for a full implementation.
  • Yannick Smits 321 posts 718 karma points
    May 15, 2013 @ 12:15
    Yannick Smits

    Thanks sebas. I have the standard global.asax. But after fiddling around a bit more I found out that the URL syntax is a little different than documented and it is not picking up default actions. So I'm able to request the web api using this syntax:


    Notice the extra Api appended to the controller name and also the mandatory action name at the end (Post). Should I file this as a bug or am I misundertanding something about the URL syntax?

    I haven't had success with directly requesting the SurfaceController using the same technique though:

    Doesnt' work. But then maybe it  is not supposed to be requested directly as per your example project. 

    I've also had a look at your Umbraco6Example project. I now understand more about how the Surface controllers work and how they are hooked up using Html.BeginUmbracoForm. Would be great though if you could add a demonstration of how to use the new Localization API's so that I can solve this problem too.

  • Anton Oosthuizen 206 posts 486 karma points
    Dec 03, 2015 @ 07:32
    Anton Oosthuizen

    Have you manage to solve this problem? I'm having the same but my surfacecotroller works fine in my dev environment but on production it gives a 404

  • Davor Zlotrg 6 posts 96 karma points
    Feb 11, 2016 @ 10:33
    Davor Zlotrg

    You need to have the namespace in your controller.

    This will not work

    public class SearchController : SurfaceController

    but this will

    namespace Controllers
         public class SearchController : SurfaceController

    If you have umbraco v6 the routing will work without the namespace, but umbraco v7 for some reason requires it.

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