CMS & dynamic content

Start off the year with a 21-day portfolio challenge

Beginner - intermediate
40min

Using a content management system (CMS) to power your website's content makes life a lot easier. And when you're ready, you can invite stakeholders to update content right on the live site. With Webflow CMS you can define, design, and publish powerful, dynamic websites — without hiring a developer or even looking at code. This course covers the basics and how to get the most out of your content with Webflow CMS.

Learn how to use Webflow CMS to build completely custom websites powered by dynamic content, and define your content's structure and style.

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Lessons in this course

Getting started
CMS Collections
Designing with Collections
Modifying Collections
CMS Collection Fields
Advanced Dynamic Content

The challenge

Challenge
Day
Be a website hero
01
The ultimate navbar
02
Magical CMS layout
03
Formulate leads and science
04
Virtual shoes for your site
05
Hello, it's responsiveness
06
Show off your project pages
07
Project pages working everywhere, anywhere
08
The optimum contact page
09
Show us your contact page
10
Test your Open Graph settings
11
Shine a light
12
Bring your portfolio to life
13
Lost, but never forgotten
14
Password-protected
15
Practice accessibility
16
Share your design in progress
17
Ready, set, publish!
18
Portfolio verification
19
Update your CMS
20
Showcase your portfolio
21

Summary

Using a content management system (CMS) to power your website's content makes life a lot easier. And when you're ready, you can invite stakeholders to update content right on the live site. With Webflow CMS you can define, design, and publish powerful, dynamic websites — without hiring a developer or even looking at code. This course covers the basics and how to get the most out of your content with Webflow CMS.

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Course outline

Getting started
CMS Collections
Designing with Collections
Modifying Collections
CMS Collection Fields
Advanced Dynamic Content

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CMS & dynamic content

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Lessons
Getting started
Getting started
CMS Collections
CMS Collections
Designing with Collections
Designing with Collections
Modifying Collections
Modifying Collections
CMS Collection Fields
CMS Collection Fields
Advanced Dynamic Content
Advanced Dynamic Content
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Overview dynamic content

In this video, we'll explain the differences between static and dynamic content, and learn why the latter is so useful for some of the most popular content types on the web, from blog posts to product pages.

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Intro to Webflow CMS

A CMS (content management system) is a tool for managing and publishing dynamic content. The website references that dynamic content on different pages. So anytime you or your client creates or changes content in the CMS, it updates all the pages where it’s referenced, instantly.

The Webflow CMS gives you full control over your content structure and how this content is designed throughout your project — all without you even touching a line of code.

In this video, we'll introduce some basic concepts behind the CMS, including:

  1. ‍Structuring content
  2. ‍Referencing content
  3. ‍Editing content
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CMS Collections

A Collection is like a database—it's where content can be stored and dynamically referenced throughout a project. Different Collections signify different content types, and an individual piece of content within a Collection is called a Collection item.

In this lesson, we’ll cover:

  1. ‍Creating Collections
  2. ‍Adding Collection fields
  3. ‍Creating Collection items
  4. ‍Editing Collections
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Import collection items

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When you create Collections in Webflow, you can enter your Collection items manually, or, import them directly into a Collection via a CSV. This allows you to import hundreds or even thousands of items from an external source.

In this video, we'll show you how to:

  1. Upload a CSV to a Collection
  2. Configure fields and preview Collection items
  3. ‍Import data
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Collection list

Collection lists are one of two ways to add and design dynamic content from a CMS collection or an Ecommerce Collection. You can add Collection lists to any type of page. The other way to add dynamic content is with Collection pages.

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Collection pages

Whenever you create a new item (e.g., blog post, help article, etc.) in a Webflow CMS Collection, a page is automatically created for it. Collection Pages work like templates — the layout and design of the Collection Page will apply to every Collection item's page.

That means Collection Pages are essentially templates for recurring pieces of content, such as blog posts, help articles, or even landing pages.

In this video, we'll show you how to:

  1. Create a Collection Page
  2. Add and connect content
  3. Preview Collection Pages
  4. Link to a Collection Page

Plus, we'll show you the settings you can adjust for Collection Pages.

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Modify a collection

Once you’ve created a Collection, you can go back and edit Collection items, fields, and other settings — even after the project has been published.

This video will cover:

  1. Editing Collection settings
  2. Editing individual Collection items
  3. Bulk-editing Collection items
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Intro to the CMS Editor

The Webflow Editor makes editing the website, and publishing new content, really easy for your client or your team. The Webflow Designer is a powerful tool for building websites, and the Webflow Editor is a simplified interface that’s focused on editing website content. You can edit content right on the page, or in the panels below the page.

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Plain text field overview

The plain text field is a CMS field you can use in your Collections. This field is best used for basic textual content that doesn't need special formatting like headings, inline styles, or inline media like images or video. In this video, we'll explain how to add and use plain text fields in your Webflow CMS Collections.

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Rich text field

The rich text field is a CMS field used in Collections. Us it to give collaborators all the text formatting options they expect from a writing tool, including bold, italics, inline images, links, and more. In this video, we'll explain how to add and use rich text fields in your Webflow CMS Collections.

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Image field

The image field is a CMS field used in Collections that allows you and your collaborators to upload an image to your Collection items and use it in your designs. In this video, we'll show you how to use the image field.

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Dynamically insert videos

The video field is a CMS field used in Collections. It allows you to add videos via a link from third-party online video hosts Vimeo and YouTube.

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Email field

The email field is a CMS field used in Collections that lets you include an email address in a Collection item. You can use this email address to display the email as text or turn it into an active link so visitors can send an email with a click or a tap.

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Link field

The link field is a CMS field used in Collections to dynamically add links to your designs.

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Phone field overview

The phone field is a CMS field used in Collections. The phone field lets you and Collaborators capture and link to a phone number from Collection items. You can use this field to display a phone number as text or turn it into an active link so visitors can place a call with a click or a tap.

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Number field overview

The number field is a CMS field used in Collections, handy for displaying numeric values like statistics, prices, page counts, file sizes, and more.

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Date/time field

The date/time field is a CMS field used in Collections. This lets you and your Collaborators include a date and time in your Collections items, which is super handy for events of all kinds.

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Switch field

The switch field is a CMS field used in Collections, usually as a filtering tool. Like any toggle, it has two values: Yes or No. Collaborators can toggle a switch on or off to specify, for example, if a blog post “is featured.”

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Option field overview

The option field is a CMS field used in Collections. It gives collaborators a list of predefined values to choose from.

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Color field

The color field is a CMS field used in Collections. It allows you and your Collaborators to specify a color for each Collection item using a color picker. This color can be used to style the background color, text color, and border color of elements within a Collection list or a Collection page.

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Reference field

The Reference field is a Collection field that you can add to any of your Collections. This powerful field allows you to link to an item in a different Collection. You can then use the referenced item’s content in Collection Lists and Collection Pages. In this video, we'll discuss some common uses of the Reference field, then show you how to make the most of it in your designs. To reference multiple items from a different Collection, use the Multi-reference field.

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Multi-reference field

A multi-reference field is just like a reference field, except it allows you to reference more than one item. This is great for tagging systems, related content, and other instances where you want to connect one item to many others. In this video, we'll show you how to use this powerful field in your CMS-driven websites.

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Conditional visibility

Conditional visibility is the most versatile way to show or hide elements, whether in a Collection list or on a Collection page, based on values in the Collection's fields. For example, you could use conditional visibility to make events that are now in the past no longer appear on your events page. In this video, we'll show you how to use conditional visibility on your Webflow sites, and introduce a couple more examples of conditional visibility in action.

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