Introduction

MVC architecture is inherently separated into three separate layers like Model (database), Presentation (UI, View), and Controller (Business layer). Releasing of MVC 2 introduces new feature of Area which provide solid capability to further separate files of file structure. Using with Area, we can define same controller in different areas to make our application more modular, manageable and robust. In this demonstration, I have used two areas Main (Public website) and blog area. In my earlier article, how to stop cross-site request forgery. I am explaining all steps how to organizing an application using areas in MVC.
mvc area

Why We Need MVC Areas

When we need multiple departments to maintain with different controllers even having with the same name in different areas. It makes our application more manageable, easy and maintainable to make our development faster.

Create a New MVC Project

First of all, create a new fresh project of MVC

create new project mvc area

New Project Crated

New project created for playing MVC feature of Area.

new project created

Create a New Area

Let’s now start to create a new area. Right click on project then move to Add >>> Area then provide a new relevant name of area.
Create mvc area

Creating Blog Area

Here typing relevant new area name like “Blog”.
type blog area name

Blog Area Created

Now you can see new created area “Blog” under the project.
Area Blog Created

Blog Area File Registration

You can see a new file crated of Blog Area Registration (BlogAreaRegistration.cs) under blog area.

public override string AreaName
{
    get
    {
 return "Blog";
    }
}

public override void RegisterArea(AreaRegistrationContext context)
{
    context.MapRoute("Blog_default",
        "Blog/{controller}/{action}/{id}",
 new { action = "Index", id = UrlParameter.Optional }
    );
}

Area Registration in Global.asax

Area registration is also done in Global.asax file.
public class MvcApplication : System.Web.HttpApplication
{
    protected void Application_Start()
    {
    AreaRegistration.RegisterAllAreas();

        WebApiConfig.Register(GlobalConfiguration.Configuration);
    FilterConfig.RegisterGlobalFilters(GlobalFilters.Filters);
        RouteConfig.RegisterRoutes(RouteTable.Routes);
    }
} 

Main Area Creation

Next one new main area is crating in this section.
Main blog area created
Area Registration File Created
In the same way, as in blog area a registration file (MainAreaRegistration.cs) is also created.

public class MainAreaRegistration : AreaRegistration
{
 public override string AreaName
        {
        get
        {
            return "Main";
        }
    }

public override void RegisterArea(AreaRegistrationContext context)
    {
        context.MapRoute(
            "Main_default",
            "Main/{controller}/{action}/{id}",
            new { action = "Index", id = UrlParameter.Optional }
        );
    }

Create Home Controller for Main Area

Creating home controller under main area.
Home controller for main area

Create Home Controller For Blog

Alike main area, Home controller is also creating under blog area. Area feature let allow us to create same controller name to make our development more lucrative.
Home controller for blog area

Create View for Both Home controllers of Main & Blog

Here is creating view for Blog and main area.

@{
ViewBag.Title = "Index";
}
<h2>Welcome to Blog Area</h2>
<div> @Html.ActionLink("Back to Main", "Index", "Home", new { area = "Main" }, new { }) </div>
 Main Area View
@{ ViewBag.Title = "Index"; }
<h2>Welcome to Main Area</h2>
<div>
    @Html.ActionLink("Go to Blog", "Index", "Home", new { area = "Blog" }, new { })
</div>

Set Default Area/Controller/Action

Here, you can set your default area, controller and method to launch your application (landing page of your application). Before to set, you need to right click on project and click on properties to navigate on Web tab to set application default page (Area/controller/action).

Area Default Page

or Alternatively can set in RouteConfig.cs

Routes.MapRoute(
                name: "Default",
                url: "{controller}/{action}/{id}",
                defaults: new { controller = "Home", action = "Index", id = UrlParameter.Optional },
                namespaces: new[] { "slnMvcArea.Areas.Main.Controllers" }
            ).DataTokens.Add("area","Main");

Now Run your MVC area application

Finally run your MVC app to see how works MVC area feature.

welcome to main area

Navigate to Blog Area

Click on “Go to Blog” to navigate blog area.

welcome to blog area
Now you are on blog area, here is also a link to navigate “Back to Main”.

Conclusion

MVC areas helps us to make more manageable our MVC application to further divides into different files. In each area, we can define same controller like Main area contain “Home” Controller then also other areas can contain same area name “Home”, this code will compile perfectly even we have same controller name in different areas. Thus, it will help us to make large volume of applications with multiple departments so that can build awesome MVC apps with area feature. I tried here to demonstrates all necessary steps to organize an application using areas in MVC app.

Video: This video also demonostrates about Organizing an Application using Areas.