API Reference: AllowChildrenAttribute Class

The AllowChildrenAttribute can be applied to content model classes. The attribute sets the content model types that may be used for child nodes of this content model in the node collection hierarchy. This allows you to restrict types within the site and asset library tree structure. This attribute together with the AllowAtRootAttribute determine the type structure of a node collection hierarchy.

If AllowChildrenAttribute is not specified on a content model class, no child nodes are allowed for this content model, effectively specifying that nodes of this content type are leaf nodes in the node collection tree.


Decorate the content model class with the AllowChildrenAttribute. The attribute constructor accepts one or more Type values as a params Type[] parameter. Alternatively, the attribute can be set multiple times on the class.

If you want to allow any content type as children of this type, use the AllowChildrenAttribute without any constructor parameters.

The attribute is not inherited, so any allowed child models that you have specified on a base class of this model will have to be specified explicitly on derived model classes.

Allowed child content types are only validated when creating or moving nodes in the back office. Changing the list of allowed child content types later has no effect on existing nodes.


The following example specifies that a page of type Homepage can only have child pages that are of type ContentPage or NewsPage.

[AllowChildren(typeof(ContentPage), typeof(NewsPage))]
public class Homepage: IContentType
    // ...

The following example specifies that a folder of type Folder allows any other asset or folder type as its children.

public class Folder: IContentType
    // ...