Dynamic Menu’s in Sitecore Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of setting up Dynamic Menu’s in Sitecore. In this post, I will quickly demonstrate how easy it is to utilise the power. Of DMS to alter what is displayed in site navigation and empower users to make choices on which content is displayed.

If you want to have a look at how a dynamic menu can be structured, please read Part 1. This post will follow on from there.

So, just to recap, we now have a navigation Item, which is simply an instance of a Navigation link on your site and a Navigation Collection, which consists of a collection of Navigation Items. The Navigation Collection can then be used as a Datasource Navigation Component.

Let’s choose the simple scenario that you want to have a different navigation displayed for a user that has successfully logged into out site.

First let’s assume that we have the following Navigation Items defined:

Navigation Items

Now lets two navigation collections, one for not logged in and one for logged in:

Navigation Collections

The “Not Logged In” collection will contain links to the “Log in” and “Sign Up” Navigation Items:

Not Logged In Collection

The “Logged In” collection will contain links to the “My profile” and “Log out” Navigation Items”

Logged In Collection

As these two collections are designed to be used as Datasources, we need to establish which Datasource to pass to the Navigation component and what drives this decision. This can be achieved by setting up a Rule Condition

Then, set up a Rule Condition which will detect whether the user has logged in:

public class AuthenticatedRuleCondition<T> : TrueCondition<T> where T : RuleContext
protected override bool Execute(T ruleContext)
Assert.ArgumentNotNull(ruleContext, "ruleContext");

if (Sitecore.Context.IsLoggedIn)
return true;

return false;

We also need to register this new Rule Condition in Sitecore. This can be done by inserting a new Conditional Rendering into the following location (replacing <rule-condition-class> the fully qualified namespace/class name and <dll> with the DLL in which the rule resides):


We can now use this Rule Condition to help decide which navigation to display. To do this, “Personalise” the component in the Presentation Layer and make use of this Rule Condition. Essentially what I am saying below is if my Rule Condition is true (i.e. the user is logged in), use a different Datasource to what is the default (the default is Not Logged In Datasource)


… and that’s it! It really is that simple. Sitecore already has a rule for authentication “when the current user is anonymous” (or the reverse of that rule) however the above can be easily modified to check for presence of a Role:

if (Sitecore.Context.User.IsInRole(&quot;extranet\\membership&quot;);)


// Perform some additional checks if necessary

return true; }

… or any other condition necessary.

When all is published, you will notice that Sitecore provides a different Datasource to the Navigation component when the user is logged in (or when the condition is met).

Hope this helps 🙂


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