Data makes your website interesting.

Webflow’s CMS and Collection Lists offer some great capabilities but they also have limitations-

  • Inability to display data in a table
  • Limitations on nesting colleciton lists
  • Inability to populate an element’s custom attributes with data from a Collection List

WFU enables new ways for you to access and integrate data into your Webflow site- both from the Webflow CMS, and from external sources such as public APIs.

Capabilities are divided into two groups-

Creating JSON data sources;

  • Turning a Webflow CollectionList into a usable Data source
  • Turning a remote JSON or CSV resource into a usable Data source

Data-binding Webflow elements to those sources;

  • Binding lists to FORM Dropdown elements, as select options
  • Binding lists to FORM Text elements, as autocomplete options

What can you do?

  • Display the count of items in a datasource

How it Works

WFU data sources are simple JSON arrays built from Collection Lists that you prepare. These are stored in a Map collection that I refer database, which enables you to retrieve multiple data sources

Data Shapes

WFU utilizes 3 types of JSON simple structural patterns which I refer to as data shapes;

  1. Table. A JSON array in which each element contains the same set of keys. Typically this is constructed from a tabular source such as a Webflow Collection List, or a CSV file.
  2. List. A Table with only one or two fields per element. Lists are primarily used for data-binding to FORM controls.
  3. Dictionary. A List, which has a key field and a value field. The key field content is expected to be unique. Dictionaries are used for lookups in template processing.