Using Areas in Asp.Net MVC with Example

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Here we will learn areas in mvc and how to use areas in mvc with simple example. In mvc when we partition web applications into smaller units that are referred as areas. Areas provide a way to separate a large mvc web application into smaller functional groupings.


If we have small web application then the default folder structure work fine to maintain application. But if your application becomes big then it create problem to maintain for example if we have large hospital portal then there are various section in it and if we use default folder structure which we have then it will create a mess. In this condition we need to use Areas for separating our application. Now we will learn areas in with simple application

Create New Applicaiton in Asp.Net MVC

Now let’s create a basic ASP.NET MVC 4 application to under stand areas in for that Open visual studio studio à Go to File à Select New à Select Project


create new mvc project from visual studio 2012


After that you will see new dialog will pop up for selecting your Template and Project type. From Templates select Visual C# à inside that select Web and then project type select ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Application and here we are giving name as “AreasDemo” then finally click on OK button.


create new mvc areas application


Now new dialog will pop up for selecting template in that Select Basic Template and click ok it like as shown below


select template type basic for mvc areas project


After clicking on OK button a simple mvc project will be created that will be like as shown below


Areas project structure in mvc

Creating Area in Asp.Net MVC Application

To add an Area to MVC application, right-click on the project item with in the Solution Explorer window and select Add à Area


Adding new area in mvc application


 After clicking on Area a New wizard will popup for Asking Area Name in that give name as "ChildSection" like as shown below


give name to area in mvc application


Now click on Add button the Area with Name ChildSection will create like as shown below


after adding area section in mvc application


After adding if we check our folder structure we have an Areas folder created inside that we have another folder which contains Area with name ChildSection and all basic folder structure (Models/Views/Controllers) with A Web.config file under the Views folder. This contains the necessary entries for the RazorViewEngine to function properly.


areas folder sections in mvc application


If we check above folder structure we have class ChildSectionAreaRegistration.cs  which is created inside ChildSection Area.

Registering Areas in MVC

We need to inform MVC framework that we have added Area this class is auto generated when we add Area we do not required to write it explicitly.


using System.Web.Mvc;

namespace AreasDemo.Areas.ChildSection


public class ChildSectionAreaRegistration : AreaRegistration


public override string AreaName







public override void RegisterArea(AreaRegistrationContext context)





new { action = "Index", id = UrlParameter.Optional }





This ChildSectionAreaRegistration class is inheriting from Abstract class AreaRegistration which has two method (AreaName, RegisterArea) as abstract which we are overriding in this ChildSectionAreaRegistration Class. The first method AreaName contains name of your Area ( ChildSection ) and the second method contains Routing for ChildSection Area.

Registering Areas in Global.asax

In Global.asax we need to register all Areas in Application_Start event handler by adding below code.



Here RegisterAllAreas() Method is a static method. and this RegisterAllAreas() method will call all RegisterArea() methods of  all Areas found in application. Once we add above code in Global.asax Application_Start event that will be like as shown below 


using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Linq;

using System.Web;

using System.Web.Http;

using System.Web.Mvc;

using System.Web.Optimization;

using System.Web.Routing;


namespace AreasDemo


// Note: For instructions on enabling IIS6 or IIS7 classic mode,

// visit

public class MvcApplication : System.Web.HttpApplication


protected void Application_Start()










After completing registering Area now let's add Controller and View in this Area and check how its works.

Adding Controller in Asp.Net MVC

For adding controller Just Right click on Controller Folder inside that select Add and then select Controller


Add controller in mvc areas application


After clicking on controller new dialog will popup with name Add Controller in that give name to controller and select template as "Empty MVC Controller" and click on Add button.

Give name to controller in mvc areas application

After adding new controller our project will be like as shown below


After adding new controller in mvc application


Our controller will contain code like as shown below


using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Linq;

using System.Web;

using System.Web.Mvc;


namespace AreasDemo.Areas.ChildSection.Controllers


public class ChildRegistrationController : Controller



// GET: /ChildSection/ChildRegistration/

public ActionResult Index()


return View();




Adding View in Asp.Net MVC Application

For Adding View just right click inside Index ActionResult Method and Select "Add View" to create the view template for our Index form. Now new pop up "Add View" will open in that give view name as "Index" and click Add button (Here we are not changing any option in wizard) like as shown.


Adding view to controller by right click in mvc application


After adding view our project structure will be like as shown below


After adding view in mvc application our project structure


Now run your application and see the output.

Accessing URL in Asp.Net MVC

For accessing URL we need to enter Area Name first then Controller Name and lastly Action name.


Area Name - ChildSection.

Controller Name - ChildRegistration

Action Name - Index


Our url will be like as http://localhost:4099/ChildSection/ChildRegistration/Index and our output will be like as shown below 


Output of areas in mvc application exampleHere we will see how to create link with area in our view. We need to write action link with area after controller name just add New { area= “Area Name”} like as shown below.


@Html.ActionLink("ChildRegistration Details", "Index", "ChildRegistration", new { area = "ChildSection" }, null)

Our output will be like as shown below 


after adding areas link in mvc application

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