I am using DXA 1.6 in SDL Web 8. I'm trying to use a Taxonomy to generate the site navigation. As mentioned in DXA's documentation, we can generate navigation using a Category whose name contains [Navigation] instead of SGs (https://docs.sdl.com/LiveContent/content/en-US/SDL%20DXA-v6/GUID-DADB74A6-801B-49A7-95B1-FA3AB05C6CB7).

I did the steps according to the documentation, but it didn't work. This is the structure of Sitemap [Navigation].

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I have created index pages for each Keyword with prefix consisting of 3 numbers and used metadata Schema Page Navigation Metadata to link to corresponding Keyword. And I checked that both Pages and the Category were published.

Does anyone know the problem?

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The DXA Web App has to be configured for Category/Taxonomy-based navigation too; OOTB it uses a so-called Static Navigation Provider and for Taxonomy-based Navigation you need the Dynamic Navigation Provider.

The Dynamic Navigation Provider looks for a published Taxonomy with [Navigation] in its title and if it doesn't find it, it falls back to SG-based navigation (so you can have different nav types in different Publications).

The Navigation Provider type is configured in Unity.config (for DXA.NET) and can also be provided as parameter to web-install.ps1.

  • If I run the web-install.ps1 without specifying the navigation parameter, the web app will use the static navigation in default? If so, if I want to use the dynamic navigation, I need to add "<type type="INavigationProvider" mapTo="DynamicNavigationProvider">" to Unity.config?
    – Heimei
    Feb 8, 2017 at 8:09
  • Correct (2x) :-) Feb 8, 2017 at 13:10

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