Today, I write about how Displaying Validation Errors with ASP.NET MVC. We all know how crucial it is to validate user input, but it’s equally crucial how we present validation errors for the user. Take the following type:

The e mail field needs to be optional but any address entered must be valid. If a validation error happens, it ought to replace the optional label using the error message.

Behind the scenes I’m employing Data Annotations to validate the email address, so any errors is going to be passed into the ModelState. MVC has built-in help for displaying these errors (using the ValidateMessageFor helper) so it is easy to create a wrapper around that, supplying the ‘optional’ text as a parameter.

Here’s an extension method for the HtmlHelper:

public static class ExtensionMethods
    public static MvcHtmlString HelpMessageFor<TModel, TProperty>(this HtmlHelper<TModel> htmlHelper, Expression<Func<TModel, TProperty>> expression, string helpText)
        var validation = htmlHelper.ValidationMessageFor(expression);
        if (validation == null)
            return new MvcHtmlString("<span class='help-inline muted'>" + helpText + "</span>");
            return validation;

Here’s it’s usage:

  <div class="control-group">
        @Html.LabelFor(x => x.EmailAddress, "Email", new { @class = "control-label" })
        <div class="controls">
            @Html.TextBoxFor(x => x.EmailAddress, new { @class = "input-xlarge", placeholder = "Enter an email address" })
            @Html.HelpMessageFor(x => x.EmailAddress, "Optional")

Best ASP.NET MVC Hosting Recommendation provides its customers with Plesk Panel, one of the most popular and stable control panels for Windows hosting, as free. You could also see the latest .NET framework, a crazy amount of functionality as well as Large disk space, bandwidth, MSSQL databases and more. All those give people the convenience to build up a powerful site in Windows server. offers ASP.NET hosting starts from $1/month only. They also guarantees 30 days money back and guarantee 99.9% uptime. If you need a reliable affordable ASP.NET Hosting, should be your best choice.