MVC WebGrid Search code with example

MVC webgrid searh page with pagination benefits of using WebGrid in place of table paginated data only with webgrid sorting feature in webgrid paging and sorting with webgrid

MVC webgrid searh page with pagination: There are many benefits of using WebGrid in place of table like paging, sorting and alternate row style etc., in our previous article we see MVC search page example with code but there we used table to create the structure of gridview which is missing sorting and alternate row functionality. In this article we will use WebGrid and check how easy it is with same model and controller.

Let's see the result which we will create in this article, you can notice the sorting functionality with header column in this image.
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Here is our model

using PagedList;
using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations;
namespace MvcSearch.Models
    public class ProductSearchModel
        public int? Page { get; set; }
        public string ProductName { get; set; }
        public decimal? Price { get; set; }
        public IPagedList<Product> SearchResults { get; set; }
        public string SearchButton { get; set; }

And controller

public class ProductController : Controller
    const int RecordsPerPage = 5;

    //I am not using httpGet or httpPost because it will be used for both
    public ActionResult Index(ProductSearchModel model)
        if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(model.SearchButton) || model.Page.HasValue)
            var entities = new NorthwindEntities();
            var results = entities.Products
                .Where(p=> (p.ProductName.StartsWith(model.ProductName) 
                            || model.ProductName == null)
                && (p.Price > model.Price || model.Price == null))
                .OrderBy(p => p.ProductName);

            var pageIndex = model.Page ?? 1;
            model.SearchResults = results.ToPagedList(pageIndex, RecordsPerPage);
        return View(model);

You can change Records Per Page value, I used 5 so I can see the paging at the bottom.

And finally here is the code for our view with WebGrid

@model MvcSearchWithWebGrid.Models.ProductSearchModel
@using PagedList.Mvc

    ViewBag.Title = "Index";
    Layout = "~/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml";

@using (Html.BeginForm("Index", "Product", FormMethod.Get))
<div style="border-bottom:1px solid #bbb"><h1>Search Product</h1></div> 
<table style="border:0px; width:500px;">
        <div class="editor-label">
            @Html.LabelFor(model => model.ProductName)

        <div class="editor-field">
            @Html.EditorFor(model => model.ProductName)
            @Html.ValidationMessageFor(model => model.ProductName)
        <div class="editor-label">
            @Html.LabelFor(model => model.Price)

        <div class="editor-field">
            @Html.EditorFor(model => model.Price)
            @Html.ValidationMessageFor(model => model.Price)
    <td style="vertical-align:bottom;">                    
        <input name="SearchButton" type="submit" value="Search" />

    if (Model.SearchResults != null && Model.SearchResults.Count > 0)
        var grid = new WebGrid(Model.SearchResults, defaultSort: "ProductName");
        tableStyle: "grid",
        headerStyle: "gvHeading",
        alternatingRowStyle: "gridalt",
        columns: grid.Columns(                   
        grid.Column("ProductID", "ID"), 
            grid.Column("ProductName", "Product"),
            grid.Column("ReorderLevel", "Re-order Level") 
    <div class="pagination">            
    , page => Url.Action("Index", new RouteValueDictionary() 
            { "Page", page },
            { "ProductName", Model.ProductName },
            { "Price", Model.Price }


If you want to search on multiple field even with drop down and proper paging and sorting to keep even after searching then see MVC multiple field search with webgrid - Step 5

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Ali Adravi Having 13+ years of experience in Microsoft Technologies (C#, ASP.Net, MVC and SQL Server). Worked with Metaoption LLC, for more than 9 years and still with the same company. Always ready to learn new technologies and tricks.
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By Ali Adravi On 25 Aug, 13  Viewed: 19,184

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