Sitecore create custom Content Editor Warnings using Conditions and Rules

The Content Editor Warnings are these yellow boxes that hover over your content in the Content Editor in Sitecore:

Content Editor Warning
Content Editor Warning

In the old days we would make them by hooking into the getContentEditorWarnings pipeline. Nowadays we use the Sitecore Rules engine. So to make your own Content Editor Warning you need to:

  • Create a custom Condition.
  • Create the code for the custom Condition
  • Create a new Rule


Custom Condition
Custom Condition

Conditions are placed under:


You can create your own folder in this structure and create a “Condition“. The “Text” field should contain the text displayed in the Rule editor, and the “Type” field should contain the reference to the class containing the code, for example:

MyCode.Rules.MyRule, MyDll


A condition inherits from a RuleContext. Rules can return different things, my return true or false, but you can create rules that return values like integers or strings.

This is my Rule:

using Sitecore.Diagnostics;
using Sitecore.Data.Items;
using Sitecore.Rules;
using Sitecore.Rules.Conditions;

namespace MyCode.Rules
  public class MyRule<T> : WhenCondition<T> where T : RuleContext   
    protected override bool Execute(T ruleContext)
      Assert.ArgumentNotNull(ruleContext, "ruleContext");
      // This is them item being clicked on
	  Item item = ruleContext.Item;
	  // Pseudocode, imagine that you are checking
	  // something
	  if (something == true)
        return true;
      return false;


Content Editor Warning Rule
Content Editor Warning Rule

Content Editor Warning rules are placed in:

/sitecore/system/Settings/Rules/Content Editor Warnings/Rules

And you need to create a new Content Editor Warning Rule.

Then you create the rule using the rules editor:

Rules Editor
Rules Editor

My rule is fancy, as a first check for a specific template type (built in rule), then check for my own rule.

Lastly, the rule ends with what should happen. Here you type in the text that should appear in the content editor warning.

That’s it. You are now a Sitecore expert.


About briancaos

Developer at Pentia A/S since 2003. Have developed Web Applications using Sitecore Since Sitecore 4.1.
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