Troubleshooting Server Error Pages of Sitecore Experience Accelerator (SXA)

The Sitecore Experience Accelerator, well konw as SXA, comes with a handy feature of setting up 404 and 500 pages:

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I had decided to take advantage of this feature in a recent project. The 404 page works perfectly, yet the 500 page doesn’t. The static page was generated successfully, however the site never redirects to the static 500 page.

First step to troubleshoot the issue, I need to locate the pipeline processor which process the http request when the error occurs, by checking the sitecore admin show config tool:(/sitecore/admin/showconfig.aspx)

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At this point of time, I can dig into the backend code of SXA for more clues. Now we are looking at the process method of the processor. Since SXA is a multisite solution, there can be many static 500 pages generated. Once a server error occurs, the processor need to determine which site the static page belongs to, then redirect the request to the correct static page. It’s achieved by using SiteInfoResolver in Sitecore.XA.Foundation.Multisite library:

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As soon as I navigate to the SiteInfoResolver, I immediately found the smoking gun: It compares the current host name with the site host name field on SXA’s site definition item, in which I use a wildcard host name to include all sub-domains! Therefore it can’t determine whic site the static page belongs to as it’s just a string compare.

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This should be a design flaw of SXA, as the host name can either accept wildcard or normal host names, however the site info resolver can’t. I do can patch the SiteInfoResolver to fix this, but it’s a foundation project and many SXA features rely on it. So this time, I just change my host name setting to use normal host names like dev.example.local. After that, the 500 page works perfectly. Hope Sitecore will fix this in further releases of SXA.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

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