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In Sitefinity you can programmatically create a page and populate it with controls. In some cases you might need to get a specific layout control in your page template using the set css class attribute. You might need to change the template layout control markup, as well.
We get the template layout controls and then using a html parser we get the control attributes. This is not a fast procedure but it should not be considered to find and change layout controls programmatically very often.
We get the layout controls and process them:
TemplateDraftControl GetLayoutControl(PageManager manager,
, TemplateDraft draftTemplate)
var layoutControls = draftTemplate.Controls;
var ctrlData = manager.GetControl<TemplateDraftControl>(control.Id);
var layProp = ctrlData.PropertiesLang.Single(p => p.Name ==
var layout = layProp.Value;
) && !layout.EndsWith(
var found = TryFindControl(ctrlData, layout, @
layout = GetDefaultLayoutControlsHtml(ctrlData, layout);
I have created a helper class containing methods for getting the layout control and getting and setting its markup.
var manager = PageManager.GetManager();
var helper =
var mycontrol = helper.GetLayoutControlFromPage(manager,
(mycontrol.Id != Guid.Empty)
var html = helper.GetControlHtml(mycontrol);
// change the html of the layout control
"<span>This is from debug</span>"
helper.ChangeControlHtml(manager, mycontrol, html);
The full source code could be downloaded from GitHub here.
Nikola Zagorchev is a Tech Support Engineer at Telerik. He joined the Sitefinity Support team in March 2014.
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