Extending SXA

Current version: 1.5

You might want to extend SXA, for example, to add your own custom rendering to the SXA toolbox, add a theme, or a template.


We recommend that you do not change the default SXA items because those changes will be overwritten after installing a new SXA version.

This topic describes some of the general rules for adding content to the SXA database and changing code:

Changing or adding database content

SXA follows the Sitecore Helix principles that contain development process recommendations for building, testing, extending, and maintaining Sitecore implementations. One of the Helix principles is that each module has a separate location in the content tree:


For example:

/sitecore/templates/Foundation/Experience Accelerator/Multisite



Example value




Path to the location where project-specific items will be stored



Helix recognizes several different layers: Project, Feature, Foundation


Experience Accelerator

Optional. Additional level of nesting for better organization of all SXA modules under a single folder.



Module name.

You can add new templates for specific projects. This can be convenient if you are working on a project that needs custom templates. You can add your project templates to: /sitecore/templates/Project/Project_Name

Code changes

You can extend the logic of SXA processing pipelines and message events with your own implementation. You can extend and customize the pipelines by adding or replacing processors.


If you want to change or extend any of the SXA functionality, you must patch it in a correct way, using Sitecore patch configuration files.

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