CMS: Adding and Setting Up a Dynamic Item Page

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Use dynamic item pages to instantly produce an unlimited number of pages, each representing a different item from your CMS collection. The dynamic page acts as a template, with each collection item getting its own unique version and web address. You can customize the URL slug structure of your dynamic pages to keep them organized and ensure each item gets a unique URL. 

Start by creating your dynamic item page, then design its layout by adding and arranging the elements. Connect the page elements, such as text and images, to your collection fields through the built-in dataset. As a result, each item's unique version of the page shows content from the item's collection fields. 

We recommend pairing your collection's dynamic item pages with a dynamic list page that shows a catalog of your items in a repeater, gallery or table. When visitors click an item on the dynamic list page it takes them to the dynamic item page where they view details about the item. 
Before you begin:
Create a CMS collection that includes the items that will each display in their own version of this dynamic item page. 

Step 1 | Add a dynamic item page

Create a dynamic item page for your collection from the CMS panel in your editor. This adds the page that acts as a template for each item's unique version. Each version will share the same dynamic item page and simply swap out the details depending on the item.  
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Studio Editor
  1. Go to your editor.
  2. Click CMS  on the left side of the editor.
  3. Click Your Collections.
  4. Hover over the relevant collection and click the More Actions icon
  5. Click Add dynamic page
A screenshot of adding a dynamic page from a collection in the Wix Editor.
  1. Select Item page and click Add to Site
    Tip: Select List page as well to add a dynamic list page for the collection at the same time.  

Step 2 | (Optional) Modify the URL slug structure

You may want to edit the URL slug structure that determines the web addresses of your dynamic pages. This allows you to keep the URLs organized and structured in your own custom way. 

For example, you could create the following URL slug structures for your dynamic pages: 
  • Dynamic list page: https://www.{}/{collection-name}
  • Dynamic category page: https://www.{}/{collection-name}/{category}
  • Dynamic item page: https://www.{}/{collection-name}/{category}/{primary-field}

Make sure to create a URL slug structure for your dynamic item page that ensures each item has a unique URL. Without a unique URL, an item cannot have its own version of the dynamic item page. Learn more about creating unique dynamic page URLs.

When editing the URL slug structure, the structure cannot already be used by other existing pages on your site. To be unique, the URL slug structure cannot have the same prefix (e.g. {Collection name}) and the same number of variables as another page on your site, even if the variables are different. 
If you change the URL slug structure of your dynamic pages, all the existing links to these pages will no longer work. This affects links within your site, any links you've shared externally, and SEO links in search engines. We're releasing a feature that will let you add an automatic redirect, taking visitors and search engines from the old URL to the new one. 

To edit the URL slug structure of your dynamic item page:

Wix Editor
Studio Editor

  1. Go to your editor.
  2. Click Pages & Menuon the left side of the editor.
  3. Click Dynamic Pages
  4. Hover over the dynamic item page you just created and click the More Actions icon  on the right. 
    Tip: By default, the dynamic item page you created is titled: {Collection Name} (Item) 
  5. Click SEO
  6. Edit the URL slug structure field: 
    • Click Add Variable and choose a text or number field to use its values in the URL slug structure. 
    • Enter text or number values to use static values in the URL slug structure. 
    • Press Enter on your keyboard to save the changes to the URL slug structure. 
A screenshot of modifying the URL slug structure of a dynamic item page.

Step 3 | Connect page elements to the CMS

By default, your new dynamic item page includes elements, such as text and an image, that are automatically connected to your CMS collection fields. 

Add and arrange the elements that you want to include in your dynamic item page. Then connect the elements to your CMS collection fields within the dataset if you want them to dynamically change based on the item. Leave elements disconnected from the CMS if you want their content to remain the same across each version. 

You should also have default "Previous" and "Next" buttons that automatically take visitors to the previous or next item returned by the dataset. You can link an extra "Back" button to the collection's dynamic list page or another location that lists your items. 
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Studio Editor
  1. (Optional) Add elements to your page (e.g. buttons, text, images) or remove elements you do not need.
  2. Connect the elements on your page to your CMS collection: 
3. Click Preview and use the Preview toolbar to test each version of your dynamic item page. 
A screenshot of using the Preview toolbar to check how other items display in the dynamic item page.
4. Click Publish if you are ready to make the changes go live. 


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