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Intro to the Editor
The UI in this lesson may seem different if you've enables the Style Panel Beta! This content will be updated soon!
This video features an old UI. Updated version coming soon!
This video features an old UI. Updated version coming soon!
Unlike the Designer, where you build and design your website, the Editor only allows you to edit and manage the content. With its simple, easy-to-use interface, the Editor gives you a number of tools to manage a published website. And with collaborator access, you can invite your clients to manage their own site without breaking the design.
We've built a client's guide to the Editor, which you're welcome to clone, customize, and share with your clients to give them easy access to all the following info.
Accessing the Editor
The Webflow Editor lives in your published website. It allows you to edit the content of your site directly on the page or manage pages and content through the Editor panel.
Important to know If you're not the project owner, your invite to the Editor will be separate from your Webflow account — you'll have a separate login and your Editor access won't appear on your Webflow Dashboard. The only projects that appear on your Webflow Dashboard are those you can access in the Designer (not the Editor).
Access the Editor through Webflow’s interface
If you're in your Webflow dashboard or designing a project in the Designer, you can access the Editor in one of the following ways:
From the Project menu in the Dashboard
From top Toolbar in the Project settings
From the menu in the Designer
Access the Editor from the live site
Collaborators can access the Editor for their website by adding /?edit to the end of their website URL in the browser address bar (e.g., yourwebsite.com/?edit). Once they log in, they can access their website in Editor mode.
When they return to the site later, they may see the “Edit site” button in the lower right corner, which they can click to hop into Editor mode.
Let your Collaborators know that they will need to set their browser to accept cookies from all third parties in order to use the Editor — otherwise, they may see an error message when trying to log in to the Editor.
Editor requirements: supported browsers The Webflow Editor works best on the latest version of Edge (16+), Chrome (57+), Safari (10.1+), or Firefox (56+).
Switch between Editor mode and Live site mode
When you open the Editor, you'll be able to explore the site in preview mode or "live site" mode. To switch to Edit mode, click the "Edit site" button at the lower right of the page.
Go "Back to live site" when you want to see the site in preview mode.
Troubleshooting Editor login errors
If you or your collaborators see an error message when trying to log into the Editor, try one of the following fixes:
Check that your browser accepts cookies, and if not, turn that on
The Editor, unlike the Designer, allows multiple people to edit static and dynamic content at the same time. A person can also work in the Designer even as many people work in the Editor at the same time. If two people are editing the same content at the same time, the last edits "win," so you'll still want to coordinate editing times with your teammates. Learn more about the Editor.
Anatomy of the Editor toolbar
When you access the Editor, you’ll see your live website with the Editor toolbar (the gray bar) collapsed at the bottom of your screen. Through this toolbar, you can access the various Editor panels where you can manage page settings, dynamic content, forms, and your Editor account. You can also see and publish the changes you make through the Editor.
The Editor toolbar features the following tabs and icons:
Menu - Use this menu to go to the Dashboard, your Project Settings, or the Designer. This button features the Webflow logo. You can replace this with your own logo, or your client's, on our Pro plan. Learn more about Editor branding.
Pages - opens the Pages Panel, which lists your site’s static pages and dynamic Collection pages. From here, you can browse for a page, click to view the live page, and manage the settings of any page.
Collections - opens the Collections Panel, which lists all your Collections. Clicking on a Collection opens a new tab in the toolbar, which in turn opens the Collection items’ panel listing of all the items in that Collection. Here, you can edit any item or create new ones. This is very similar to the CMS Panel in the Designer. Read more about the CMS Panel.
Forms - opens the Forms Panel where you can see and download form submissions made on the site.
Account Settings (icon) - opens the Account Settings Panel where you can edit your Collaborator account info and upload a profile image.
Help & Support (icon) - opens the Help and Support Panel where you can find answers to a few common questions about using the Editor.
Log out (icon) - logs you out of the Editor after confirmation.
Back to live site (button) — Switches from Editor mode to Live-site mode which allows you to view your site as your site visitors will see it.
Saving/Saved - all changes are saved automatically in the Editor. The Saving... and Saved status at the bottom left indicate this.
Changelog - this shows the number of unpublished changes next to the publish button at the bottom left. Clicking the changelog reveals a list of items and pages that have unpublished changes, along with which Collaborator made them.
Publish (button) - allows you to publish all the changes you make when in the Editor.
Editing right on the page is pretty intuitive with the Editor. As you hover over various elements, an edit icon will appear to the upper right of editable elements. To edit any of these elements, simply click the icon.
Some styling and custom code will not show as they should appear on the published site. That is normal behavior when you’re in the Editor.
Editing and formatting text
When hovering over editable text elements, you’ll see a light gray outline around the text element and a pencil icon in the upper right. You can edit the text by clicking into the box.
You can also replace images right on the site. Just hover your cursor over the image you want to replace and click the picture icon. This will allow you to select and upload a new image from your computer.
Any visual styles you’ve created for an element in the Designer, such as solid color overlay, border color, or shadow, will automatically apply to any image or background image you replace through the Editor.
To edit a button element, hover your cursor over the button and click on the settings icon that appears in the upper right.
You’ll see two options:
Edit link settings - lets you update the link of the button
You can also search for pages by name using the search bar.
Clicking on the page, instead of the Settings button, will close the Pages panel and open the corresponding page.
Creating and managing dynamic content
If you have Collections in your project, you can access them in the Editor through the Collections tab. The Collections Panel lists all your collections. Clicking on a collection opens a new tab titled the name of the collection. This tab lists all Collection items within that Collection.
Creating and editing content
Here, you can edit existing items by clicking on them, or create new items by clicking the + New button and filling out the item’s various fields.
When you’re done entering content or updating fields, you can choose to:
Create a new item or save an existing item. It will be staged to publish, and will go live on your site next time you publish your site.
Publish your item right away (without waiting for the next site wide publish to take place).
Save as Draft if you aren’t quite ready for the item to go on the live site.
You can view the Collection page for that item by clicking the icon to the right of the item name. This collapses the panels to show you the page for the item you’re currently viewing right in the browser. If you’d like, you can edit it there, instead of in the panel.
To go back to the Collection item's list, click the Back (←) button
In the Collection Panel, you can see all your Collection items and their statuses. Here, you can delete, archive, or change the status of several items all at the same time. To do that:
To close the Collection tab, click the close (x) button in the top right of the tab.
Viewing and publishing changes
After making all these changes, you will want to view them, make sure they're saved, and ready to be published before pressing the Publish button.
Viewing changes on the live site
While working in the Editor, the Editor Panel covers most of your website. To collapse the Editor Panel and view your website, click the View Site button at the top.
In this view, you can browse your website just like you normally would, and make or view changes to any page.
The changes made in the Editor won’t be made on the live site until you either publish the edited item(s) individually or click Publish to publish all staged changes. You will need to confirm that you want to publish all changes before the site is actually published. The green Published button will confirm this.
Scheduled publishing lets you prepare content releases in advance and have them pushed live automatically. This feature is only available on Hosted CMS, Business, and Ecommerce Plans. Learn how to use scheduled publishing.
Accessing form submissions
If you have any forms in your project, the Editor will include a Forms tab. Here, you’ll be able to view some basic information from forms people have submitted, but it’s most useful as a place for you to download the complete form data. In the downloaded CSV file (a format that works with all the major spreadsheet apps), you’ll be able to see all the submitted info.
Editor settings for elements
By default, you and site Collaborators can edit all content on the live site by using the Editor, but you can make elements uneditable if you'd like.
Open the project in the Designer
Select the element you want to make uneditable
Go to Settings (D)
Uncheck “Collaborators can edit this element”
You can also toggle Collaborators on selected element using the shortcut keys:
Mac: Command + Shift + L
Windows: Control + Shift + L
CMS elements are always editable in the Editor.
Can I Use ?
Data on support for the feature across the major browsers from caniuse.com.