June 21, 2011

Referencing Sitefinity 4.1 Themes, CSS From External Pages

Global styling in Sitefinity 4+ is handled by creating and registering a theme, and then applying it using the admin tool to your Sitefinity page templates:

Pretty easy, but what about if you need to reference that style sheet from an external web page that wasn't created within Sitefinity? Or to reference it right from the markup of your page templates/master pages? Looking at the solution the path will be something like:


But we know the ASP.Net App_Data folder has special permissions that will not allow us to directly reference files within it... if we try to use this path to reference the stylesheet, we'll get a 403 error.

Fortunately, after you register a theme, Sitefinity will automatically re-route directly from the /Sitefinity folder at the root of the application into the /Sitefinity folder that exists at /App_Data/Sitefinity... kind of a client-side backdoor into your themes and templates.

So the easy answer to referencing your Sitefinity themes client-side, is just remove the "/App_Data" from the path. You can see this pathing structure if you look at the source code of your Sitefinity pages as well - example:

<link href="/Sitefinity/WebsiteTemplates/HomePage/App_Themes/Teal/global/main.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" />

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  1. Excuse me, I'm newbie in Sitefinity I would like a little help, could you contact me? I'm shil nevado in g+