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Upgrade from 7 to 8 - Classical links



I'm trying to upgrade our project from CMS version 7 to 8.

I've seen that you have removed the "Classical links" from the current API.

Is there anyway to get the classical links in version 8? this is very important, we have extensive use of the classical links,

Please advice,


May 18, 2016 12:27

Hi, Ziv,

Check Johan's blogpost here:

There is a section about how to register a route that handles classical links.

I am not sure if any of the breaking changes would affect this, but in any case, you should be able to register a route yourself.

May 19, 2016 10:22

Thank you for your input.

I've added the <ClassicalRoute> in RegisterRoute as shown, but I'm not sure how I am suppose to get the classical name. (I expect something like /.../HomePage.aspx,

Instead I get something like /link/asdlkjhjk32098a7sd.aspx or the friendly URL which is "/" for the homepage...

This is what I've tried: (several things combined)

  System.Web.Routing.RequestContext oHttpContextRoute = EPiServer.Web.Routing.RequestContextExtension.GetRequestContext(HttpContext.Current);
                    string path = EPiServer.Web.Routing.UrlResolver.Current.GetPermanent(oHttpContextRoute.HttpContext.Request.Path, false);
                   UrlBuilder url = new UrlBuilder(path);

                    //tried this too

                    if (url.Path.Contains(".aspx") && !url.Path.Contains("backoffice/"))
                        var contentReference = UrlResolver.Current.Route(new UrlBuilder(path));
                        var test1 = UrlResolver.Current.GetUrl(path);
                        var test2 = UrlResolver.Current.GetVirtualPath(contentReference.ContentLink);
                        if (true || !String.IsNullOrEmpty(url.QueryCollection["id"]) &&
                            url.QueryCollection["id"] != "0")
                            PageReference pr = new PageReference(contentReference.ContentLink.ID);

                            /*as seen for epi 7.19 (?)*/

                            var values = new RouteValueDictionary();
                            values[RoutingConstants.NodeKey] = new ContentReference(contentReference.ContentLink.ID);
                            var virtualPath = System.Web.Routing.RouteTable.Routes.GetVirtualPath(System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Request.RequestContext, values);
                            var routeName = (virtualPath.Route as ContentRoute).Name; //(this throws exception)


                            if (!PageReference.IsNullOrEmpty(pr))
                                PageData page = null;

                                if (DataFactory.Instance.TryGet<PageData>(pr, out page) && page != null)
                                    if (ListManager.PageIDList.Contains(page.PageTypeID))
                                        var urlHelper = ServiceLocator.Current.GetInstance<UrlHelper>();
                                        var friendlyUrl = urlHelper.ContentUrl(page.LinkURL.ToString());
                                        var content = urlHelper.Content(page.LinkURL.ToString());
                                        var pageUrl = urlHelper.PageUrl(page.LinkURL);
                                        EPiServer.Web.PermanentContentLinkMap test = new EPiServer.Web.PermanentContentLinkMap(contentReference.ContentGuid, "aspx", url.Uri, contentReference as ContentReference, new PageMapSettings(url.Uri, ""));
                                        string newPath = friendlyUrl.Replace(".aspx", "_m.aspx");
                                        string query = oHttpContext.Request.QueryString.ToString();
                                        if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(query))
                                            newPath = newPath.Contains("?") ? newPath + "&" + query : newPath + "?" + query;

May 19, 2016 11:46
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