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A Form Routing Gotcha with ‘SitecoreRouteName’

The Problem
When utilizing the Html.BeginRouteForm() or Ajax.BeginRouteForm() in a view to render a form tag, it is common to define the route using ‘Sitecore.Mvc.Configuration.MvcSettings.SitecoreRouteName,’ which returns the path to the current page. So far, pretty easy stuff for setting up a form. In my particular case, I was POSTing an AJAX form and loading a second view onto the page.
So why was SitecoreRouteName setting my ‘action’ attribute to the website root…

<form action="/" method="post">

… when I was really looking for something like this?

<form action="/about/ask-question" method="post">

In practice, I was getting null reference exceptions due to missing renderings that the form was expecting to be present on the page. Turns out I was just on the wrong page after the POST, which changed my page context.
The Cause
I struggled for a bit to understand why ‘SitecoreRouteName’ was returning the wrong path, but it did eventually dawn on me: I was recently using the Experience Editor, closed the editor, and began smoke testing on the same page, which was loading the page based on the ‘sc_item’ parameter (with the item ID GUID). In other words, I had this for a URL path:

… instead of this:

So “SitecoreRouteName” was returning the right path all along (“/”) – I was just using the wrong URL, hence the improper routing. The lesson: be aware of URL routing when testing forms like this (or any other route-sensitive component).

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