Why Umbraco rocks - alternative templates

The main building blocks of umbraco are as you know document types and templates. When creating a document types the umbraco interface will give you the options to also create a templates that is then setup as the default template on that document type. If you open up the details of a document types you’ll be able to see the ‘allowed templates’ part on the info tab.

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Document types aren’t limited to 1 template and this is great! You can easily swith to an ‘alt template’ by simply editing the url of your page.

So if you would have a homepage.aspx and you want to apply templatex on it you can do this by changing the url to

homepage/templatex.aspx

another option is this

homepage.aspx?alttemplate=templatex

In the beginning I didn’t use alternative templates that much but it’s a great way to keep your content section clean.

For example an email to a friend page, instead of making this a new documenttype and adding it to the content en then passing the id of the page you want to email…

You can simply add an email to a friend template and call it up as an alternative template, that way you won’t need to pass the nodeid because you are still on the same node !

From: http://www.nibble.be