Collection items are database records in a Collection, like a single blog post, an author, or a product.
Collection items are the individual data records in each collection. A collection item can be a single blog post, an author, a product, and so on. Each collection item can have values for all or some of the collection fields that constitute the structure of that collection. These values can be connected to your design elements and settings to populate them dynamically. Even though each collection item will have an automatically generated dynamic collection page, it can also be featured in collection lists on any of your pages. Let’s learn more about collection items!
Once you’ve created a collection, you can choose to add dummy content so you can start designing quickly, or you can create items manually, import items from a CSV file, or import them through the CMS API using Zapier or webhooks.
When there are no items in a collection you have the option to generate some dummy content. Dummy content allows you to start designing and building inside the project right away, even if you don’t already have the actual content.
At the moment, it’s not possible to generate dummy content for Ecommerce collections.
You can start creating items manually by opening the CMS panel or the Ecommerce panel, selecting a collection and clicking the + New Item button.
When you create a new CMS item, you can choose to:
At the moment, it’s not possible to publish individual products in the Ecommerce products collections.
If you already have the content structured in a CSV file you can easily import it into your collection and map it to existing fields or new fields.
To use the API and tools like Zapier, check out the following resources:
You can update collection items whenever you want to right from the Designer or the Editor. When you’re updating an existing item, you can either save the changes to go live at the next site-wide publish, or publish the item right away to push the content changes to your site. You can also save it as a draft or cancel to discard the changes.
You can edit draft items as many times as you need and keep choosing to save them as a draft until you’re ready to publish them. Once ready, the item can be staged for publish or published instantly to your site.
If you want to unpublish an item, you can save it as a draft. This will unpublish the item on your next project-wide publish.
You can’t currently unpublish an individual item without publishing the whole site.
In some cases, publishing individual items would break your site. In these instances, we prevent you from being able to publish single item updates. These instances include:
In each of these situations, the fix is simple: publish your entire site (to all domains) to make sure everything’s in sync.
A collection is a living, breathing database — it’s constantly growing as you add more items to your collection. You can make changes to existing collection items or create new ones at any time in the Designer or the Editor.
Especially when working with a large database of content, bulk-editing can be a lifesaver. You can sort or search your content to determine what to edit.
With a collection open, select the pin icon in the top right corner of the list to show or hide fields in the collection. You can sort alphabetically or numerically by clicking on the column heading. Using the search bar is another quick way to find exactly what you want to edit.
With your items sorted or refined, you can now edit multiple items. Click on the Select button in the top action bar to activate bulk editing.
You can select your items and perform any of these bulk actions:
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.
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