Walkthrough: Using the rendering variant reference item to display fields from a linked item

Current version: 9.3

The rendering variant reference item lets you display fields from a referenced item. This walkthrough describes how to add author information to a blog post. It uses the same scenario as described in the Walkthrough: Creating a rendering variant for a blog post

This example describes how to create a rendering variant reference item that goes to the author field of the blog post, goes through the items that are linked, and renders the fields from those items.

The scenario and the end result

The scenario involves:

  • A site that contains blog posts.

  • A site data folder that contains a list of authors that includes their first name, last name, bio, photo, and related media items:

  • A page template that refers to this data source using a query:

  • The blog pages have the related products selected from a list:

 The end result looks like this:

This walkthrough describes how to:

Create the rendering variant reference item

A rendering variant reference item displays a field from a referenced item. If you want to display a field from a referenced item, you can define this field in the Pass through field field.

To create a rendering variant reference item:

  1. In the Content Editor, navigate to Presentation/Rendering Variants, right-click Page Content, and click InsertVariant Definition.

  2. Enter Post Author and click Ok.

  3. Next, lets create a rendering variant reference item that goes to the author field of the blog post, and renders the content of that field.

    Right-click the Post Author variant, click Insert, click Reference, enter Authors, and click Ok. The Pass through field field defines the name of the field from the nested item. The rendering variant now passes through the authors field.

Render the fields

Now we can start rendering fields from the authors.

To render the fields:

  1. First, create a wrapper by adding a section. Right-click Post Author, click Section, enter HeadingWrapper , and click OK.

  2. To define the fields that the rendering variant displays, you can now add child items.

    Right-click HeadingWrapper, click Insert, and then click the relevant item. For this example, let's add the following items:


    Field name




    First Name



    Last Name








As well as their picture, the authors of the sample site also have other media items attached:

To make the rendering variant render the related media associated with the author, let's use a reference item to render a responsive image item.

To render related media:

  1. Right-click the Post Author variant, click Reference, enter RelatedMedia and click OK.

  2. Right-click RelatedMedia, click Responsive Image, and click OK.

  3. Empty the Field Name field.

  4. In the Default size field, enter 64.

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