Multisite with common sitemenu

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4/21/2012 9:03:14 AM
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Multisite with common sitemenu

Think I'm going to have to develop my own solution here, but thought I would check with the community first for other solutions or ideas. I have a mojoPortal installation with child sites. Each child site has it's own hostname mapping. I want to combine all the pages of the parent and child sites into one menu. The goal is to have one sitemenu that may be used across all the sites in the installation. I would render this as mega menu using some CSS that I wrote a while back. I could do it statically but that would become a pain to manage across all sites. Thoughts?

4/21/2012 2:39:42 PM
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Re: Multisite with common sitemenu

Hi Steve,

Yeah, I think you're correct that you would have to develop a custom solution. The menu controls all pull their menu items from the context of the current site. You might be able to use the StartingNodeUrl on the SiteMapDataSource for your menu but I don't think you can pass it a complete url and if you can, I'm not sure the SiteMapDataSource control would be able to pull in the menu items from the other site. If it can pull in the menu items, you might have a solution because then you can create a SiteMapDataSource and mojoMenu for each site and that can be done programmatically.

I'm interested to know how you make out with it though, it's an interesting concept.

Thanks,
Joe D.

4/21/2012 2:56:17 PM
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Re: Multisite with common sitemenu

Thanks Joe D.

You're thinking was along the same path as mine. My plan is to get a collection of all site ids for the menu (not all the sites in the single installation would be included), their hostnames, then try to create the mojo menu. I will let you know how it goes. For now until I can get some development time I'm going to have to do a static menu.

4/23/2012 6:55:51 AM
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Re: Multisite with common sitemenu

You'll need to dynamically create the sitemap data sources (using the siteids) and menus. You'd need to use a different menu for each site and just stack them in the page since a menu can only bind to one sitemapdatasource. The challenging part will be if not all the pages are public, you can filter the current site using the user's role cookie (or lack thereof) but you can't filter for other sites that way. Probably the simplest approach is to only show the ones with view roles = "All Users;"

I think trying to show the menus for multiple sites all on one page would be kind of a mess  unless each of the sites doesn't have that many pages. If the sites are really that related to want to show on the same menu I wonder if separate host names should have been used at all, visual partitioning might have been a better way to make the appearance of separate sites but still really have just one, then site search would work for all of them as well.

Hope that helps,

Joe

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