Suppose I have an image (image1.png) in site collection1 --> root site --> site assets.

I want to know what would be the relative path of this image in:-

  1. site collection1\root site\sitepage

  2. site collection1\sub site\sitepage

  3. site collection2\root site\sitepage

For example: Suppose there is a masterpage from rootsite inherited by all the sites in the site collection or webapplication. And there is an image on the master page which is present in sitecollection1\rootsite1\site assets\image.png.

Then, how do you reference such a scenario?

  • I do not really grasp how this question in essence is SharePoint specific? I mean, it all comes down to the URLs of the site collections Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 9:43
  • @Robert - Site Collections are fairly SharePoint Specific I'd say.
    – Paul Leigh
    Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 10:12
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    Well yes, but if it is a host named site collection there will be no relative URL to talk about. Thereby my comment of this being no different than any other websites :) Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 10:13

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The relative path only relates to the Site Collection you are in, if you want to go outside of that boundary, you can't use a relative path (unless you employ some form of URL substitution at the Load Balancer / IIS level).

1 & 2 = "/siteassets/image1.png"

3 = "site-collection-url/siteassets/image1.png"

  • OK, so no matter which location I am in the web application, if I want to refer the image on that page then what do I use? Presently we hardcode as: pcname:port/site assets/image.png
    – variable
    Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 10:13
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    @NachiketKamat, there is also the problem with permissions. All uses on all site collection must have read access to the image. Important to not forget this. Normally you try to isolate resource on a site collection level (ergo, upload image resources to every site collection, or if on premise, using the _layouts/images) Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 10:17
  • Can you check my updated question?
    – variable
    Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 10:24

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