Cross site copy/paste

Copying pages and elements between sites. There are several common use cases: maintaining style guides, multiple team members working on parts of a large site, and reuse of complex elements (such as animations).

  • Jason Zucchetto
  • Dec 13 2016
  • Planned
  • Alex Nichol commented
    January 14, 2017 00:00

    OMG! YES! so very needed.

  • Jacob Harmon commented
    January 18, 2017 03:25

    I LOVE the idea, but how do you account for styles? When you copy an element from one site to the other does it automatically copy the associated styles and interactions?

  • Ed Bini commented
    January 18, 2017 08:29

    This is especially great for designers that like to build their own custom templates.  It allows you to develop a "style" for your work by having common factors across the sites you make.  A "signature".

  • Senor Dee commented
    January 18, 2017 10:12

    This makes a pattern library possible for multiple projects under one umbrella. Think about big e-commerce companies with multiple digital products on the web. A webflow pattern library would make design alignment so incredibly easy!

  • Valter Faedda commented
    January 18, 2017 11:09

    Please create this procedure for copy and paste.

  • Roberto Virili commented
    January 18, 2017 11:40

    Very important thing to have for a designer.

  • Cameron Johnson commented
    January 18, 2017 15:54

    This would be so great! I see it's planned! Thanks!

  • Matthew Gauthier commented
    January 18, 2017 16:26

    I could see a Global Symbol list.  I think it would require it's own CSS file (global.webflow.css) as to not interfere/collide with you other CSS?  

  • Sean Tubridy commented
    January 18, 2017 17:41

    I can't emphasize how much I want this. Like Jacob said, there would have to be a system in place to account for styles, but part of that would be on the developer to create consistent and logical style naming conventions. The best part about this feature would be the ability to create a library of components once and use them in multiple projects.

  • Anthony Tackett commented
    January 18, 2017 20:49

    I agree with everyone. This would be so great.

  • Daniel Rodriguez commented
    January 18, 2017 20:53

    Very happy this is  planned. 

  • Seth Regan commented
    January 18, 2017 22:47

    I've suggested this in the past and still maintain that it would be great!

     

    I believe it could a matter of taking all symbols and other elements imported/created by an account holder and having them in an area on that user's dashboard for reuse on any of their websites... same for images, etc.

  • Concept Design commented
    January 19, 2017 08:28

    We need this badly. We currently have one design library in Webflow, which several designers need to access. Today they manually have to update their own projects with changes from the design library.

  • Otto Berger commented
    January 22, 2017 09:16

    i hope this is coming soon, can't wait!

  • Marsha Tudor commented
    January 23, 2017 16:06

    Please bump this functionality up on the priority list!!

  • Gabriel Brodersen commented
    January 23, 2017 20:59

    Oh yes, this would be the biggest timesaver ever!

  • Design Team commented
    February 1, 2017 14:25

    Been looking forward to this so much, it would be a total game changer!!! 

  • Ray Norris commented
    February 8, 2017 16:28

    Glad to see that Webflow has this on their "Planned" list.  Any rough idea of when this will be delivered?   Maybe Webflow can commit to estimations on a quarterly basis ... For example - "Estimated Delivery: 2nd Quarter 2017" -->   very healthy practice internally and appreciated practice externally.  This one has been a major request since 2014.

  • Oliver commented
    February 10, 2017 17:57

    This does deserve a vote but depending on who is looking at this, i would vote that equally important from both a Designer and Customers prospective is that you are able to keep up with the latest trends, please take a look at the AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) suggestion, its something that can help both yourself or your customer get an edge over their competitors and also reach a wider audience with almost instant load times.

    https://wishlist.webflow.com/ideas/WEBFLOW-I-233

    https://www.ampproject.org/

  • Oliver commented
    February 10, 2017 17:59

    P.S In relation to the comment above mine, I would say that the webflow team are doing an excellent job at adding features and they should take their time, adding deadlines takes the fun out of anything, and the more someone enjoys their job the better they are at it in my experience. Keep up the good work webflow folk.

  • Dan Dawson commented
    February 11, 2017 21:01

    Game changer. This would help our team work much more efficiently. Glad to see this made it to Planned!

  • Ntchi commented
    February 13, 2017 19:48

    For sure!

    This Copy / Paste features and AMP support for better mobile SEO would be great!

    AMP Support : https://wishlist.webflow.com/ideas/WEBFLOW-I-233

  • Lorenzo Nuti commented
    February 14, 2017 04:26

    Please

  • Grobigger Creative Agency commented
    February 17, 2017 19:47

    This would be AMAZING AF! Please do this!

  • Ssm Roby commented
    February 24, 2017 17:16

    I hope for this one very soon... Thank you!!!

  • Uzzer commented
    March 1, 2017 13:45

    In reply to the merged wish https://wishlist.webflow.com/ideas/WEBFLOW-I-142 - is this wish the same as https://forum.webflow.com/t/numerous-pages-with-the-same-content-but-differing-css-styling/32853?

  • W Jan commented
    March 3, 2017 18:02

    Can't wait for this feature to Launch!!! this will save me hourssssss every month!

  • Evan Daugherty commented
    March 6, 2017 21:05

    Any updates on launch date?  My team is really counting on this feature's deployment.

  • Chris Pryor commented
    March 7, 2017 04:02

    Yes please! I need this!!

  • Ray Norris commented
    March 7, 2017 22:37

    Webflow - When will this feature request be released??   This is the No. 1 request.   3 months of analysis should be plenty of time to forecast this deliverable within a reasonable (1 month) ETA.    Let's draw a line in the sand and begin a practice of declaring and hitting expectations that are aligned with your customer base needs.   

  • Spectator Magazine commented
    March 8, 2017 17:59

    This would be extremely helpful. Any updates from the dev's re: this? They said it was planned for early 2017

  • Luis Almeida commented
    March 9, 2017 16:38

    We use Webflow very often. I would like to know how close we are to the solution for exporting elements built on one site to another site.

  • Luis Almeida commented
    March 9, 2017 16:38

    We use Webflow very often. I would like to know how close we are to the solution for exporting elements built on one site to another site.

  • George König commented
    March 14, 2017 15:16

    We need this so much. ;)

  • Derek Van der Schroeff commented
    March 14, 2017 20:06

    Let's not forget that this has supposedly been on the development roadmap for quite some time... 13 months now since @thesergie spoke last.   Not trying to needle the Webflow team here, but with over 795 votes, and a ton of expressed interest in multiple threads prior to the new wishlist rollout, this is still merely in the "planning" stage? I'm sure it's complex and all, but surely a year is more than enough time to put some engineering and design power behind it?

    Anyhooo :-/

    thesergie Webflow Staff Feb '16

    We're been wanting to build cross-tab/cross-site copy paste for quite some time now. We're getting closer and closer! We just rewrote our style system to enable copy-pasting styles (we'll be releasing new features later for this) and now we're rewriting some other things to enable copy pasting elements with styles across sites. At Webflow we use Webflow for everything and we wish we had it. Your pain is our pain. Thanks for your patience as we work on this feature!

  • Avadh commented
    March 19, 2017 12:13

    Hmm, I am not using webflow till this feature is live, who will have the time to recreate every single component for each site.

  • Jonathan Patterson commented
    March 21, 2017 15:27

    Yep, 1000%!

  • JetDrive commented
    March 23, 2017 17:00

    This is our #1 most-needed feature. Webflow said they were going to add this feature "in early 2017." It's nearing the end of March, and we would greatly appreciate an update. This is by far the most requested feature of Webflow. We need someone from the Webflow team to tell us what's going on with this. Is there an issue? Is it delayed? Anything, just tell us. 

  • Othon Nin commented
    March 25, 2017 11:02

    I need that all the time!!!

  • Cormac Kerrigan commented
    March 31, 2017 11:57

    Please please! it would make life so much easier... :)

  • Robert Cowlishaw commented
    April 6, 2017 16:43

    Needed

  • Evan Daugherty commented
    April 6, 2017 19:00

    In seeing that the other two highest voted features (Search functionality & Upload files to asset manager) are now "in development" can we assume that Copy/Paste will follow?  We have a large team here and are relying on this feature to house a central location of components.  Without the ability to copy and paste from a components library we have to redesign everything, every time somebody needs to reuse something.

  • Marius van Dam commented
    April 10, 2017 08:15

    Is there any suggestion on what "Planned" means for when this can be available?

  • Ethan Apalis commented
    April 17, 2017 17:01

    @Marius van Dam My understanding is that "Planned" is staged to become the "In Development" status.  From what I can remember I think it goes from "In Consideration" --> "Planned" --> "In Development" which then becomes a finalized feature.

  • Jamie Dunmore commented
    April 27, 2017 11:44

    This, along with search are absolutely required ASAP.

  • Matthew Oliver commented
    April 27, 2017 20:17

    I would definitely love to see this happening. 

  • Andrea Garganico commented
    May 3, 2017 07:01

    This is a must have!!!!!!!

  • Graham Cox commented
    May 10, 2017 10:24

    Hi @webflow

    Could you give us an indication of when this is likely to be 'in development' ?  Previous comments going back a year or more have said this was in development. But it's been set to Planned for ages on wishlist and is the top voted feature.  

    Have you run into issues implementing it that have put it on the back burner?  Some feedback would be greatly appreciated.  Many thanks....Graham

  • Grobigger Creative Agency commented
    May 11, 2017 19:33

    this is what we are all waiting for! 

  • Avadh commented
    May 19, 2017 12:31

    I wish it goes from Planned to In Development to Done before I die

  • Anton Vorster commented
    June 2, 2017 20:20

    Please please please!!

  • Kevin Pleasants Jr commented
    June 5, 2017 20:34

    This would be LOVELY.

  • Evan Daugherty commented
    June 8, 2017 14:22

    Probably worth mentioning that this is a good update on what the webflow team has been up to.  A major overhaul like this likely means it will be a while before a major update such as copy/paste will be deployed:

    https://webflow.com/blog/what-weve-been-working-on

  • Joel Wilson commented
    June 13, 2017 23:27

    + 3

  • Josiah Kniep commented
    June 14, 2017 17:14

    Most requested feature. This would be extremely helpful.

  • Andreas Toth commented
    June 16, 2017 00:32

    Absolute TOP priority. Without it Webflow is but a toy but with it a professional tool.

  • Amir Leshman commented
    June 24, 2017 12:57

    Sound good "like a dream" - but what about CSS conflict between projects? the web don't work like Photoshop or InDesign.

    This is why I guess this its hard to solve this issue. Copy and paste most add some prefix to the pasted item (or tell you "you already have class names - margin-top" bla bla" windows style warning) + what about global CSS (h1-6, links and so on)?

    Summary: CSS conflicts its the main issue in copy-paste elements between project.

     

     

  • Cameron Roe commented
    June 25, 2017 00:09

    How in any way is this priority right now over the other issues. This is a cool feature, but not as important as others. How about pagination and scheduled content. Clients are looking for this.. Ideally the flow for features should be "Customer's Customers" => "Customers" => "Internal"

  • Mike Elson commented
    June 29, 2017 03:31

    Yes please - kinda super charges the platform in a HUGE way!

  • Cameron Roe commented
    July 19, 2017 23:34

    Yes!

  • Dan Twine commented
    July 27, 2017 09:33

    This would save me sooooo much time & lets be honest time = money! 

  • Gary Ehler commented
    August 7, 2017 13:18

    YES PLEASE: build the functionality for sharing elements, groups of elements, pages, or other assets from one Webflow project to another!

  • Lisa D'Andrea commented
    August 15, 2017 07:05

    This would be a huge timesaver.

  • Chris Gardiner commented
    August 30, 2017 16:41

    Great idea, but any updates?

    someone mention code conflicts, just place an add on to the CSS. THe way I use Webflow at work is creating many sites per week. The ability to either copy/paste or save resources to be used on other projects or new sites would be wonderful..

  • Jon Kay commented
    September 6, 2017 13:05

    Please make this happen. About to spend time recreating a section that I created last night. Seems like it could be more efficient. 

  • Sebastiaan Gamelkoorn commented
    September 6, 2017 13:45

    This would be so awesome!!! say a little prayer :)

  • Michael Wells commented
    September 11, 2017 06:56

    Very keen to have this soon- I've been trying to find ways to bridge that gap.  

    A few thoughts-

    Your copy feature seems to avoid the clipboard altogether.  I haven't gone deeper than that, but I was hoping to intercept and modify the clipboard contents so that a cross-site paste could potentially work. 

    If your API could expose the page element hierarchy and classes, we could build an API-based snippet library external to the Designer.

    The biggest challenge building this fully is probably the class & style merge.  But even being able to copy just the element portion with no style (or directly-applied settings only) would save time.  If you were able to pair that with a report, that allows you to select an element and have it generate a report of "here is the hierarchy and all of the element settings applied" it could be more easily rebuilt in the new site with that as a reference. 

    Or, on cross-site copies, collapse the Class settings into the objects before copying them.  It's ugly, but preserves the formatting somewhat in the transfer, and then appropriate classes can be rebuild in the new site. 

     

  • Stephanie Newport-Booth commented
    September 13, 2017 14:36

    Yes yes yes! This would be a life saver!

  • Toby O. Rink commented
    September 20, 2017 07:52

    Webflow Team, is this feature on road? i have the some problem. we launch a new site und i must design the navigation new. i copied the original site and tested the new navigation in the copied site. now it works and i must do the same work with all the interactions and settings one more. puhhh. 

  • Nikita Medvedev commented
    September 20, 2017 09:59

    Please create this procedure for copy and paste.

  • Michael Blair commented
    September 22, 2017 21:11

    We like to prototype ideas on clones of our active site and experiment, this would make it easier to take those segments live.

  • Sebastiaan Gamelkoorn commented
    October 3, 2017 09:43

    Can't wait to have this!!! Wooohooooo

  • Cameron Roe commented
    October 6, 2017 22:31

    Any progress on this...? There are soooo many bugs to be worked on..

  • Suzanne Reeves commented
    October 15, 2017 21:17

    This would be a game changer for my studio. Is there an estimated time for when this might be available?

  • ADG Websites commented
    October 16, 2017 01:56

    Yes please!