Save Sitecore Item from .aspx editor

Sitecore is an extendable platform, no doubt about it. For example it allows you to add an external (.aspx) page, to an item:

Advanced Sitecore Google Maps Editor

Advanced Sitecore Google Maps Editor

The page will then show up on your item. But what if you wish to modify the actual Sitecore item from the page? Like in this case:
This is one of the editors for the new Advanced Sitecore Google Maps (WCAG Edition) module. The page allows a user to apply a Google Maps map to a Sitecore item. When the user press “Save map”, the map center and zoom-level is saved to the Sitecore item:

Save map center and zoom to the current Sitecore item

Save map center and zoom to the current Sitecore item

This can only be achieved by hooking into some of Sitecore’s Javascript classes. When the “Save map” button is pressed I hook into the window.parent.scForm Javascript object and call item:load and item:refreshchildren.

All of this can be achieved from code-behind. On the button’s On_Click event I modify the current Sitecore item, and then use RegisterStartupScript to register the Javascript events:

protected void btnSave_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
  // Get the Sitecore item to store map center and zoom level
  Sitecore.Data.Database db = Sitecore.Configuration.Factory.GetDatabase(Request.QueryString["database"]);
  Item item = db.GetItem(Request.QueryString["id"]);
  item.Fields["zoom"] = myZoomLevel;
  item.Fields["center"] = myCenter;
  // Now register the client startup script to be executed
  // When page posts back to save the modified Sitecore item
  SitecoreHelper.RegisterRefreshScript(Page, Request.QueryString["id"]);

The final function, SitecoreHelper.RegisterRefreshScript, is my own helper function that will register the startup script:

public static void RegisterRefreshScript(Page page, string id)
  StringBuilder message = new StringBuilder();
  message.Append("var parentScForm = window.parent.scForm;" + Environment.NewLine);
  message.Append(string.Format("parentScForm.postRequest('','','','item:load(id={0})');", id) + Environment.NewLine);
  message.Append(string.Format("parentScForm.postRequest('','','','item:refreshchildren(id={0})');", id) + Environment.NewLine);
  if (!page.ClientScript.IsStartupScriptRegistered("RefreshItem"))
    page.ClientScript.RegisterStartupScript(typeof(string), "RefreshItem", message.ToString(), true);

Thanks to the Sitecore support team to help me out with this one. BTW: It works with both Sitecore 5 and Sitecore 6.

About briancaos

Developer at Pentia A/S since 2003. Have developed Web Applications using Sitecore Since Sitecore 4.1.
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2 Responses to Save Sitecore Item from .aspx editor

  1. Vipul says:

    Hi Brian,

    I am at the stage where now I am able to see my telerik color picker in Iframe typed field. But I do not know how to save the value for each of those fields. I want to have this telerik color picker in 7 fields(iframe typed) in 500 content items. Currently I am trying to get it done for at least one of those fields.

    Please help me out. Thanks,

  2. briancaos says:

    Creating field types differs from the blog post which is about creating an editor to be used instead (or together with) all fields.
    Field types are created by overwriting the Sitecore.Web.UI.HtmlControls.Control class and then implementing a lot of code that handles Sitecore messages and viewstates.

    To create your own field you should read this article:
    Or read about custom fields here:

    I am not sure on how to return data from IFrames, as you will have trouble getting the data from the IFrame to the Value property of the Sitecore.Web.UI.HtmlControls.Control. Maybe it can be done using events and session variables.

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