What is area?

An area is a smaller unit in MVC application which used as a way to separate large amount of application modules into functional groups. An application can contain multiple areas which stored in Areas folder.

Each area can contain different models, controllers and views depending on requirements. To use an area, it is necessary to register the area name in RouteConfig and define route prefix for it.


if you want to go to this area through your default controller

      return RedirectToAction("Index","Home",new{area="areaname"});

Create a new area

Right click on your project folder/name and create new area and name it.

In mvc internet/empty/basic application a folder with the name of the area will be created,which will contain three different folders named controller , model and views and a class file called


Configure RouteConfig.cs

In your App_start folder open routeconfig.cs and do this

            name: "Default",
            url: "{controller}/{action}/{id}",
            defaults: new { controller = "Home", action = "Index", id = UrlParameter.Optional },
            namespaces:new []{"nameofyourproject.Controllers"}// add this line ;

Create a new controller and configure areanameAreaRegistration.cs maproute

Create a new controller foreg

ControllerName: "Home", ActionresultName :"Index"

open AreaRegistraion.cs and add the controller name and action name to be rerouted to

            "nameofarea/{controller}/{action}/{id}",  // url shown will be like this in browser
            new {controller="Home", action = "Index", id = UrlParameter.Optional }