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Category Name in ~/Sitefinity/ControlTemplates/News/Modes/ListPageMaster.ascx

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  1. Bob Pinna
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    13 posts
    10 Apr 2005
    18 Dec 2008
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    I have a NewsView control filtered on category name (I checked the category name in step 1 of the "Select which news to display" section of the basic property sheet).  Am I able to access the category name (or names if I had more than one category selected) from the control template?

    I'm using ~/Sitefinity/ControlTemplates/News/Modes/ListPageMaster.ascx and looking to add a header in the <HeaderTemplate> section that shows the category name.

    If this is possible, what is the ID I should use?  If not, then I'm assuming I would wrap the NewsView in a user control with a category name property exposed.  Is this the approach you would recommend?

  2. Pepi
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    31 Jan 2017
    18 Dec 2008
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    Hi Bob,

    Please follow the instructions below to achieve the required functionality:

    1. Open ~/Sitefinity/ControlTemplates/News/Modes/ListPageMaster.ascx file.
    2. In the HeaderTemplate declare a repeater that will enlist all selected categories:

    <asp:Repeater ID="repeater" runat="server"
            <ul class="sf_newsList"
                <asp:Repeater ID="Categories" runat="server"
                        <strong><asp:Literal ID="categoryName" runat="server" /></strong

    3. Create a new News View control extending from the base class - SetItemHeaderContent method should be overridden:

    using System; 
    using System.Data; 
    using System.Configuration; 
    using System.Web; 
    using System.Web.Security; 
    using System.Web.UI; 
    using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls; 
    using System.Web.UI.WebControls; 
    using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts; 
    using Telerik.News.WebControls; 
    using Telerik.Cms.Engine; 
    using Telerik.Cms.Engine.ContentViewFiltering; 
    using System.Collections.Generic; 
    namespace Telerik.News.WebControls 
        public class NewsViewExtender : NewsView 
            protected override void SetItemHeaderContent(Control itemContainer, IContent contentItem) 
                base.SetItemHeaderContent(itemContainer, contentItem); 
                Repeater rep = itemContainer.FindControl("Categories"as Repeater; 
                if (rep != null
                    ContentFilterBuilder filterBuilder = new ContentFilterBuilder(this); 
                    List<string> categories = new List<string>(filterBuilder.ParseCategories()); 
                    rep.DataSource = categories; 
                    rep.ItemCreated += new RepeaterItemEventHandler(rep_ItemCreated); 
            void rep_ItemCreated(object sender, RepeaterItemEventArgs e) 
                if (e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.Item || e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.AlternatingItem) 
                    string categoryName = (string)e.Item.DataItem; 
                    if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(categoryName)) 
                        ITextControl txt = (ITextControl)e.Item.FindControl("categoryName"); 
                        if (txt != null
                            txt.Text = categoryName; 

    4. Register the new control in the <toolboxControls> section of the web.config to display it in Add Controls toolbox:

    <add name="NewsView Ext" section="News" type="Telerik.News.WebControls.NewsViewExtender, App_Code" /> 

    Do let us know if this helps.

    All the best,
    the Telerik team

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  3. Bob Pinna
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    13 posts
    10 Apr 2005
    18 Dec 2008
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    Thanks so much - works like a charm.

    Impressive product - impressive support.  You guys rock!


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