Displaying related pages using named relationships

You can add relationships between pages in your website's content tree. Page relationships allow you to:

  • Display related pages on pages using listing web parts or controls
  • Work with connections between pages in your custom logic (API)

Defining page relationship types

Before you can connect pages through relationships, you need to set up the relationship types (names) in the system. You can add any number of different relationship types.

  1. Open the Relationship names application.
  2. Click New relationship name.
  3. Type a Display name for the relationship type.
  4. Set the Type to Pages.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Switch to the Sites tab and add all sites where you wish to use the relationship.

You can now create relationships of the given type between pages.

 

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Related pages

Creating relationships between pages

To connect two pages through a relationship:

  1. Open the Pages application.
  2. Select one of the pages in the content tree.
  3. Switch to the Properties -> Related pages tab.
  4. Click Add related pages.
  5. Choose the Relationship name (type).
  6. Select the other related page on the right side of the relationship (type the alias path or click Select page).
  7. Click Save.

The two pages are now related. The relationships are not symmetric — each relationship has one of the pages on the left side and the other on the right. You can add any number of relationships to pages.

Note that creating and removing relationships between pages is not a versioned operation. That is, changes to the relationships are immediately reflected on the published version of the pages.

Adding relationships between pages

Displaying related pages using web parts

On portal engine pages, you can display related pages using listing web parts. Web parts that support relationships have the following properties available in the Relationships category:

Page relationship properties (Web parts)

Description

Main page

Allows you to configure the web part to display only related pages:

  • Display pages related to the current page - pages related to the page that contains the web part.
  • Display pages related to the page with NodeGUID - pages related to the page with the specified Node GUID identifier. You can find the Node GUID of pages on the Properties -> General tab of the Pages application.

Main page is on the left side

Determines whether the specified page (Main page) is on the left or right side of the relationship.

  • If checked, the web part displays pages on the right side of the relationship.
  • If disabled, the web part displays pages on the left side of the relationship.
Relationship name

The web part uses the selected page relationship type.

Note: The relationship properties do not ensure that web parts load all pages belonging to the specified relationship — they only filter the source data. You still need to set the remaining data source properties to load the required pages (such as the Path).

Example

The following example shows how to display news items related to a product using the Repeater web part. The example assumes you are using the sample Corporate site.

  1. Open the Pages application and select the sample Corporate site.
  2. Select the /Products/Laptops-and-Tables/Apple iPad2 page and add a relationship (is related to) with the /News/Apple-iPad2-In-Stock page.
  3. Switch to Apple iPad2 page's Design tab and add a Repeater web part to Main zone.
  4. Configure the following properties for the Repeater:

    • Path: /% (displays related news items from the whole website)

    • Page types: CMS.News

    • Transformation: CMS.News.Preview

    • Relationships -> Main page: Display pages related to the current page

    • Relationships -> Main page is on the left side: yes (checked)

    • Relationships -> Relationship name: is related to

    • HTML Envelope -> Content before: <h3>Related news:</h3>

  5. Save & Close.

The page now displays a preview of the news items related to the product.

Repeater web part displaying a preview of news pages related to a product

Displaying pages using controls

Use controls to display related pages on ASPX page templates or in the code of custom components. The following controls support displaying of related pages:

The following properties allow you to filter the pages loaded by the controls according to relationships:

Page relationship properties

Description

Sample value

RelationshipWithNodeGUID
______________________________

If set, the control only loads pages that are related to the page with the specified NodeGUID. You can find the Node GUID of pages on the Properties -> General tab in the Pages application.

Enter "11111111-1111-1111-1111-111111111111" to dynamically load pages related to the current page.

"36f8c4bc-f702-4736-8a25-a82295668794"

RelatedNodeIsOnTheLeftSide

Determines whether the page specified through the RelationshipWithNodeGUID property is on the left or right side of the relationship.

  • If true, the control displays pages on the right side of the relationship.
  • If false, the control displays pages on the left side of the relationship.

 

RelationshipName

Specifies the type of the page relationship. Enter the code name of the relationship.

"isrelatedto"

Example

The following example shows how to display related news pages on pages that use ASPX page templates. The example assumes you are using the sample Corporate site.

  1. Create a new web form in your web project as an ASPX page template.
    • Select the default CMSTemplates/CorporateSite/root.master file as the web form's master page.

  2. In Visual Studio, drag the CMSRepeater control from the toolbox onto the page template's form.
  3. Set the following properties for the CMSRepeater control:

    • Path: /%
    • ClassNames: CMS.News

    • TransformationName: cms.news.preview

    • RelationshipName: isrelatedto

    • RelationShipWithNodeGUID: 11111111-1111-1111-1111-111111111111

    <cms:CMSRepeater ID="CMSRepeater1" runat="server" ClassNames="CMS.News" Path="/%" TransformationName="cms.news.preview" RelationshipName="isrelatedto" RelationshipWithNodeGUID="11111111-1111-1111-1111-111111111111" />
  4. Save the web form.
  5. Register the web form as an ASPX page template in the Page templates application.
  6. Open the Pages application and create a page based on the ASPX template.
  7. Add relationships (is related to) between the new page and news pages on the website.

The page displays a preview of the news items related to the page.


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