Can I configure Tridion to publish to one context (eg /myApp) but write internal links as a different context (eg /myAppBeta/myApp)? I'm hoping to do this by config not code if possible.

I have a Tridion website that runs at a context path in IIS, like


A 'beta' version of this website has now been deployed, and due to various constraints (including the old site is still running at domain.com/myApp) the beta version has to run at a URL like


with HTTP rewrites mapping domain.com/myAppBeta to the root of IIS. (so domain.com/myAppBeta/myApp resolves to [IIS]/myApp)

My problem is that Tridion writes and publishes internal links as /myApp/path/to/page. This URL will not be caught by the HTTP rewrite rule, and will result in a 404 response from the existing site (still running at domain.com/myApp).


Yes this should be possible, Tridion allows you to do a lot in terms of path configuration:

Publication settings Inside here you can configure your publish path e.g /appBeta/app

Deployer In the storage_conf.xml file in your deployer you can specify the file system path, for example c:/webapps - combined above the publication would publish to c:/webapps/appBeta/app

Here you could have another deployer which pushes to c:/webapps/xyz publishing to this 'target' would give you files located at c:/webapps/xyz/appBeta/app

This should offer some flexible storage options to which you can point IIS too.

Another useful suggestion is the cd_link_conf.xml, this allows you specify pre fixed to URLS returned via content delivery.

Hope this helps with your set up

  • Thanks John, I've set Publication settings > Publication URL to /myAppBeta/myApp. Now when I republish the navigation, links are written as myAppBeta/myApp/path/to/page. And most dynamic links are updated as I republish their targets. However it looks like this change isn't affecting some dynamic content delivered through content broker - we have some custom code to render broker links, I'll have to look at that I guess.
    – Joe
    Dec 9 '13 at 2:30
  • Great, glad to help, i'd recommend republishing the content again, this will likely fix your link issues.
    – johnwinter
    Dec 9 '13 at 3:12
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    Haha - "republish your content" is the the Tridion version of "turn it off and on again", and it still gets me every time.
    – Joe
    Dec 9 '13 at 5:57
  • My broker content is now showing up as expected, but I'm still having problems with binaries/multimedia. I've set the 'Images URL' on the publication to /myAppBeta/myApp/Multimedia, but links to PDF docs are still rendering as eg. /myApp/Multimedia/doc.pdf.
    – Joe
    Dec 9 '13 at 6:08
  • Update: My PDF doc links are working again :) Turns out there were some custom TBBs that had the multimedia URL-path hardcoded as /myApp/Multimedia/. The code now references Publication.MultimediaURL which is better, but probably still unnecessary - all other URLs are written correctly without explicitly referencing Publication metadata in custom code.
    – Joe
    Dec 10 '13 at 0:37

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