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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 visiblity on your Webflow sites, and introduce a couple more examples of conditional visibility in action.
Want to follow along with this lesson? Fortunately, we created a zip file which contains all the assets used in the project, and we've included that linkright here
Despite the nine-syllable mouthful, conditional visibility is really straightforward, and it's a great way to show or hide entire elements (and their children), based upon an item’s content inside a collection.
Now, we all know that wasn't nine syllables. It was 47. We meant conditional visibility.
Here's a collection page. And here's a section element with content inside. And we love this section. But we only want this section to show up on certain pages.
Let's go on over and create a condition. The element (and its children) is only visible when...
And from the dropdown, we can make the selection.
We're only showing this section when the Work Category is Portraits. We don't want this section showing up to advertise portrait photography if the page is about shooting Landscape Architecture, Residential Interiors, Commercial Exteriors, or Dr. Who Cosplay. But we do want it showing up if someone's reading about portraits.
So by doing this — by setting up this condition — we've made it so the section only appears on pages that have the Portraits category set. We can see that the section won't show up if the category isn't set to Portraits. When we hit another page that has its category set to Portraits? The section displays perfectly.
This doesn't just apply to pages. Here in this collection list containing team members, we want to add an email link. That's fine. Let's go over and drag in a text link.
Let's double click to rename this "Email Me" so we can link this to each team member's email.
Of course, we can get our URL from the Email field in our collection. But we actually have a problem: some team members don't have emails listed.
Wouldn't it be great if we could only show this element on team members who have emails set?
We'll keep this text link selected and go over to do just that. Add a condition, stating that the element is visible when...an email...is set. We only want to show this element if we set an email on that team member.
And just like that, all the work was done for us. We didn't have to go manually hunting through every last team member.
Now Joan's the team leader here and she doesn't want people emailing her directly because she's putting out fires all day and email is a distraction. And Dan still uses AOL so we're not even listing that. So what can we do here?
Well, we can drag in a static text link. This time we can double-click to edit, and even change the text to "Contact our team" — and then go over to set the link to send an email. This way people can still click "Contact our team" instead of seeing blank space where the email should be.
The reason we're demoing this is to show that we can create a condition here on this static element — it's just a text link pointing to an email.
Let's go over and add a condition. This time, we'll make sure to show this text link when an email is not set.
And that's it! We've used conditional visibility to control the visibility of these elements (or in the case of that section, an element and its children) based on the conditions we specified.
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