Showing visualforce pages to Communities users, but standard Salesforce pages to all other users, without writing a dozen controller extensions!

I’m building a Communities site with several custom objects that Communities users should access through Visualforce pages. All other Salesforce users should access these objects through the standard Salesforce pages: record list, record detail (“view”), record new/edit.

Seems like the easiest way to handle this would be to override the list, detail, and new/edit pages for these objects with the Visualforce pages, and use the apex:page action parameter to redirect all non-communities users to the standard Salesforce pages, but it doesn’t look like you can detect whether the current user is a Communities user in Visualforce. (I need to detect userType, and it doesn’t look like I can do so with the global $User variable.)

I could detect the user type using a controller extension…

// set containing the three Communities user types
private set<String> Communities_user_types = new set<String>{'CspLitePortal','CustomerSuccess','PowerCustomerSuccess'};

private final ApexPages.StandardController ctrl;
public Redirect_Ext(ApexPages.StandardController stdController) {  
    this.ctrl = stdController;

private final string theUserType = UserInfo.getUserType();

public void isCommunitiesUser(){  // This would be changed to a pageReference, of course.
            system.debug('******** True');
    } else {
        system.debug('******** False');

…and then redirect non-communities users to the appropriate standard (non-overridden) page. The problem there is that, as far as I can tell, I’m stuck creating a different extension for every page!

  • Object_1 list view page
  • Object_1 detail page
  • Object_1 new/edit page
  • Object_2 …

…and so on. If I could pass the object prefix or record ID, and an indicator telling the extension which page type (list, detail, new/edit) it was being called from, then I could write a nicely abstracted extension and use it to return the correct URL, but I don’t see a way of making that work.

Another option would be to code the URL for the standard page (including nooverride=1 in the querystring) into the page action of each visualforce page, and just use a method in the extension to return true if the page should redirect: Something like, “if isCommunitiesUser == true, set the action to redirect; otherwise, set the action to null.” But I can’t find a way of using the return value from a method in visualforce logic.

Does anyone have any other ideas, or see something that I’m overlooking?

Thanks in advance!



$User.UserType provides the type of user directly in VF. The possible values are in the User Object documentation. But $User.IsPortalEnabled may be even closer to what you need.

With Usertype I have this sort of thing in my overrides (just showing all the current types for demonstration, here they all go to null just like the default at the end):

<apex:page action="{!case($User.UserType,
                          "Standard",urlFor($Action.Case.Tab, $ObjectType.Case, null, true) /*show default page*/,
                          "PowerPartner",null /*show this page (=the override)*/,

Source : Link , Question Author : Shane Steinfeld , Answer Author : Legolas

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