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We have a big website with different channels. The channel design changes from year to year and from channel to channel but the document types should stay the same. How can I reuse my current document types?
It would be no problem for us to define a separate template on the root level.
The problem is that a lot of editors are working with this website and they don't want to change the template when they create, for example, a new news entry. Can I set the template dynamically or programmatically based on the chosen root template or is there a better/other approach?
If you're using 4.10 or higher you could use route hijacking and return a different view in the controller.
We have version 4.11.8. But everything is based on web forms.
You could use AltTemplate http://www.nibble.be/?p=42
Thank you but we can't use this feature.
First, it looks unaesthetic even when you do it via directory url (www.your.url/name_of_alt_template/) andsecond, the url structure changes (www.channel1.com/games will be www.channel2.com/games/name_of_alt_template/)
You can also swap out the Master template via code, this was a couple of lines of .NET code if I remember rightly.
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Yeah just set the correct template if it depends on the template set on parent docs, shouldn't be that hard using the event model
Is there a best practice to do something like this?
I wouldn't say there's best practice, the ability to swap the master page is a feature of .NET
Microsoft use this with Umbraco on TechNet etc. see this video around 27 mins http://stream.umbraco.org/video/2098743/multi-environment-team-based
Ok - thank you.
So Tim is speaking about the event model of ASP.NET and not of Umbraco?
No in my case I was talking about the event model in Umbraco :)
Here is a snippet but that uses the old API http://our.umbraco.org/wiki/reference/api-cheatsheet/attaching-document-event-handlers/change-the-document's-template but guess that's ok since you are on v4
I was talking about changing the Master template on the fly, so not using the Umbraco event model. The code is in that video somewhere, I think he shows it at the end.
That's what I expected. :-)
So there are obviously two different approaches. Has anybody out there any experience with one or both?
Here is a technique where I download the content of another template and display it on the current template: http://our.umbraco.org/forum/developers/extending-umbraco/13984-Url-rewrite-to-make-website-ajax-crawlable#comment51666
That's another solution I think ;-).
They do two completly different things
1) Change the master doc type on the fly (no changes to Umbraco) this just presents the node using a different Master template.
2) Change the template after you've saved a DocType
From your scenario, I expect 1 would be more useful, you can build business rules into your c#, for example, if year is 2013 then use 2013.master etc.
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