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Area: Episerver Add-ons Applies to versions: Forms 2 and higher

Creating and using custom Form Container Block

In some cases, you might want to customize the Form Container Block to improve the rendering process or add more features to the form. For example, you might want a property called HasTwoColumns to control whether the form should render a layout of two columns.

This topic shows you how to create your own form container block.

1. Create a custom form container block model that inherits from EPiServer.Form.FormContainerBlock:

[ContentType(GUID = "{DD088FD8-895E-47EF-9497-5B7A6700F4A6}", GroupName = EPiServer.Forms.Constants.FormElementGroup_Container, Order = 4000)]
public class EPiFormWithTwoColumnOptionBlock : FormContainerBlock
    [Display(Name = "Use two column layout", Order = 1, GroupName = SystemTabNames.Content)]
    public virtual bool HasTwoColumns {get;set;}

2. Create a controller for the new block that inherits from FormContainerBlockController:

[TemplateDescriptor(AvailableWithoutTag = true, Default = true, ModelType = typeof(EPiFormWithTwoColumnOptionBlock), TemplateTypeCategory = TemplateTypeCategories.MvcPartialController)]
public class EPiFormWithTwoColumnOptionBlockController: FormContainerBlockController
   public override ActionResult Index(FormContainerBlock currentBlock)
      return base.Index(currentBlock);

3. Create a custom view (with the same name FormContainerBlock) that is copied from FormContainerBlock view and place it into Shared/ElementBlocks folder.

4. Import the namespace containing the new form container block model.

5. Use the new model:

<%@ Import Namespace="EpiserverSiteCustomValidatorMessage.Models.Blocks" %>
<%@ Control Language="C#" Inherits="ViewUserControl<EPiFormWithTwoColumnOptionBlock>" %>