Using SharePoint 2013 I have a Content Search web part that I'm using to display 5 News Articles using the following display templates:

  • Control: List
  • Item: Picture on Left, 3 lines on right

And this is working just fine.

What I would like to include is a link after the 5 News Articles that will take the user to a "News Archive" page where it displays all the News Articles.

I'm thinking of creating a custom Control display template based off the OOTB Control_List.js display template. I suppose I could hard code the link to the News Archive in the display template, but I would like to make it reusable. Is there a way I could dynamically pass data to the Control display template?

Any other suggestions on how to approach this?

2 Answers 2


You should inherit ContentBySearchWebPart, and overload the OnLoad event:

protected override void OnLoad(EventArgs e)
    if (this.AppManager != null)
        if (this.AppManager.QueryGroups.ContainsKey(this.QueryGroupName) &&
            this.AppManager.QueryGroups[this.QueryGroupName].DataProvider != null)
            this.AppManager.QueryGroups[this.QueryGroupName].DataProvider.BeforeSerializeToClient +=
                new BeforeSerializeToClientEventHandler(EnhanceQuery);



protected virtual void EnhanceQuery(object sender, BeforeSerializeToClientEventArgs e)
    DataProviderScriptWebPart dataProvider = sender as DataProviderScriptWebPart;
    dataProvider.Properties.Add("MyProperty", this.MyProperty);

Now you can get this property in display template HTML:

    var myValue = ctx.DataProvider.get_properties()["MyProperty"];
<div>_#= myValue =#_</div>
  • Thanks for the Post. I've tried above code. But i could not see the property. could u please guide me where i need to check the property ? Whether in tool pane or search query pane?
    – user31424
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 11:39
  • You can see the added property in the display template.
    – Shosh
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 9:11

I am wondering why you need display template for this at all! You can put a limit of 5 number of result in CSWP and Add a Content Editor web part a the end of page (After CSWP) to guide user to new page.

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