There is an annoying feature in Umbraco which, when not wanted, seems like a bug.  If you want to view a page with a different template, you can enter the url/templateAliasName

Eg. http://www.exampleurl.com/contactTemplate

This will display the home page using the template with the alias of contactTemplate.  You can also do this by adding a query string to a page’s url

Eg. http://www.exampleurl.com/?altTemplate=contactTemplate

This does the same as the above

 

The problem lies when you have a template name which is the same as a page name.

If you want to turn off this functionality, you can remove this line from the file /config/404handlers.config

<notFoundassembly="umbraco"type="SearchForTemplate"/>

This leaves the query string functionality in place, but removes the first one which uses the path.

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Paul Seal

Umbraco MVP and .NET Web Developer from Derby (UK) who specialises in building Content Management System (CMS) websites using MVC with Umbraco as a framework. Paul is passionate about web development and programming as a whole. Apart from when he's with his wife and son, if he's not writing code, he's thinking about it or listening to a podcast about it.

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