PageFactory is fully integrated with Webflow, allowing you to publish programmatic content directly to your site.
Below are the steps you'll need to complete to set PageFactory up with your Webflow website.
Make sure you publish the latest version of your website on Webflow before getting started with PageFactory. Any subsequent changes made in Webflow (such as new collection fields) will appear in PageFactory approximately 5 minutes after they are published.
It's also suggested you start with a small sample of data in your spreadsheet initially, and test creating a handful of pages before processing your full spreadsheet. It's much easier to fix things if something goes awry with three pages, than a thousand.
Special considerations for Webflow:
Login to PageFactory, and click "New Template" in the left hand sidebar. Choose the template type "Webflow", and click the "Create" button. You'll be taken to the template editor.
Click the "Settings" tab. Enter the name of each spreadsheet column that should be accessed in the template. These will be used as placeholders (aka "variables") in your template. Make sure the column name in the spreadsheet is an exact match of what you enter here!
How these columns would appear in PageFactory:
Return to the template editor by clicking the "Template" tab. Begin creating a template for your content in the Template field.
Click the green plus sign in the editor to access your spreadsheet data. When PageFactory builds your pages, the spreadsheet column names will be replaced with data from the spreadsheet.
Click the "Settings" tab to return to the settings page. Scroll down to the Webflow Settings section and click the green "Grant Access" button. This will direct you to Webflow, where you can grant PageFactory access to your Webflow account.
Once access has been granted, you will see a success message in PageFactory.
Now that PageFactory can access your Webflow account, you can choose which site and collection should receive published content.
The field "Template Field" tells PageFactory which collection field should be associated with the main content generated from this template. Only fields with the type "Rich text" can be selected for this.
In the example below, we've designated the "Bird Details" field for the "Birds" collection as the Template Field. This means the content we create from Step 3 above, will be placed in the "Bird Details" field when it is published to Webflow.
Once you choose and save a Template Field, the remaining fields associated with your chosen collection will appear. At this time, PageFactory only supports collection fields with the type Link, Image, Rich Text, Switch, Reference, Video Link, or Option.
Some fields, such as "Slug" and "Name", have a green plus sign above them. Just like the template editor, clicking the green plus sign will allow you to add variables to that field.
This is important because some fields, such as the "Slug" field, must be unique for each collection item. Use spreadsheet data to ensure that the slug generated for each item is unique.
Click the "Publish" tab, and choose the spreadsheet you want to apply to your template in the CSV File field. Note: The spreadsheet must be saved in CSV format and can not be bigger than 50 MB.
Click the Publish button and PageFactory will begin creating your content and syncing it with Webflow.
During publishing, PageFactory will check if a page already exists on your Website by looking at the page's slug. If it finds that a page already exists, it will update that page with any changed settings or content. If it does not find a page with a matching slug, it will create a new page entirely.
During publishing, you can refresh the page to check the status of your publish. In order to circumvent certain limitations with Webflow, we publish at a rate of 1 item per second. If you're processing a lot of data, it could take several minutes for your publish to finish.
What does this error code mean?
Sometimes, Webflow will reject publishing a collection item. This can happen for several reasons, which are identified using error codes. Some common error codes and their meanings: