What is Webflow?
If you're reading this article, it's very likely that you're already familiar with Webflow, but let's review to better understand if this is the right solution for you.
Webflow is a visual builder for creating web interfaces and websites. To achieve this, it offers various tools, including the Webflow CMS, which allows you to generate pages using the same page template and modifying the content. The most common example is a blog, where the page style remains the same while the content changes. The main purpose is to be read by search engine crawlers like Google for indexing.
Specifically, it is excellent for managing public content that needs to be SEO-friendly. So, the question we need to ask is whether the content of this collection needs to be public, easily discoverable by Google, or if it's not necessary.
Solution 1: SEO-friendly
If our content needs to be public and easily indexed by search engines, but we have reached or are close to the 10,000 items limit in Webflow CMS, the only way currently is to continue using Webflow CMS and create an automation to remove items from Webflow CMS that are no longer needed and store them in an external database. For example, if an item doesn't need to be public after x days. Alternatively, upgrade to the Enterprise plan of Webflow (which can cost from 15k to 60k per year) because the content needs to be generated on the backend, and if we use Webflow, we can only do it with their Webflow CMS.
Solution 2: Non SEO-friendly Content
If it's not necessary for the content to be indexed, for example, all the content in a restricted area, there are other solutions without the need to upgrade to the enterprise plan, saving a lot of money.
The best solution, in my opinion, is to use the WWX stack because it is scalable and robust. However, unlike the first solution, it is more advanced and may be more complex for those unfamiliar with web development. Let's first look at the individual tools and then see how they work together to solve the 10k limit problem.
Xano is, in my opinion, the best no-code tool for building a backend. It includes backend logic similar to Zapier and a database. Xano was built with scalability and security in mind.
The most powerful no-code tool for creating web interfaces and websites.
How it works
As you can see in the image, we use Webflow to create the site and its various components. We then convert these components into Wized elements to use them within Wized. On Wized, we can retrieve data from Xano or other databases or platforms and then insert that data into Webflow. This way, we can eliminate Webflow CMS and consequently the 10k item limit!
If your goal is to generate SEO-friendly content, the best option today is to stick with Webflow CMS. If you don't need it, you can use Wized and Xano to generate the content client-side.
The Wized team has server-side rendering in its roadmap. This way, we'll be able to generate SEO-friendly content with Wized as well, but for now, there's no information on when it will be released. To stay updated, subscribe to the NOCODEPRO newsletter
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