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Route Hijacking in Umbraco 8

Just a Quick break down Route Hijacking is when you take control over how your Umbraco 8 MVC framework runs, you intercept after the Umbraco 8 Out of the box controller does its thing and you add another controller what inherits from your Umbraco controller and then adds extra features what you need to make your site run how you need it to.

So firstly I create a new Doc Type and View in my Umbraco 8 Back-office and i called them Content you can name your how you like

Next you want to create a new controller in you Visual Studio Solution and make sure all your Doctype, View and Controller all have the same name space but your controller needs to have controller in the name (eg. "Content.chhtml" "ContentController.cs")

Now I created a new class called "ContentViewModel.cs" 

Here i will show you my code so you can see what code i have added.

This is my View template:

@inherits UmbracoViewPage<Playground.Core.Models.ContentViewModel>
Layout = "master.cshtml";
} <h1>@Model.PageContent.HeaderText</h1>

This is my Controller:

using Playground.Core.Models;
using Umbraco.Web.Models;
using Umbraco.Web.Mvc;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System; namespace Playground.Core.Controllers
public class ContentController : RenderMvcController
public override ActionResult Index(ContentModel model)
var vm = new ContentViewModel(model.Content) { };
vm.TestString = "Hello";
return View("/Views/content.cshtml", vm);

And here is my ViewModel Class:

using Umbraco.Core.Models.PublishedContent;
using Playground.Core.Models;
using Umbraco.Web.Models;
using System.Collections.Generic; namespace Playground.Core.Models
public class ContentViewModel : ContentModel
public ContentViewModel(IPublishedContent content) : base(content) { PageContent = (Content)content;
} public Content PageContent { get; set; } public string TestString { get; set; } public List<Banner> Banners { get; set; }

Now if i need to add any extra functionality you can add it into your controller and it will be implemented just asif you added it as razor script on your view but now all your code is a lot neater and easier to read.

About the author

Nathan Reece

.Net MVC Developer | Umbraco Novice

Hey Guys,

I'm an New Developer with a passion for coding. I absolutely love working with Umbraco CMS and appreciate the Umbraco community even more.

I've got 3 years+ .Net experience and 5 years+ experience working in the Web Develepment industry, both coding and marketing job websites. I wanted to use my skills to help give something back to this awesome community and seems like the right place to do just that.

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