Display where collection field references are used

Ever try to delete a CMS collection field and get "This field is currently used in Dynamic Template Settings. To delete this field, you'll need to remove any references to it first."  Great, but where the heck are those references located? 

This would help anyone who forgets where CMS fields are linked or when editing templates built by someone else.

  • Andrew Leyland
  • Jan 27 2017
  • Roarke Clinton commented
    October 01, 2017 00:37

    This is a huge issue! I can't find where fields are used in the site that I'm building. Been scouring for hours... 

  • Guido Jansen commented
    December 05, 2017 21:19

    Yes please! Takes ages to find those (IF you end up finding them...)

  • Trevor Whittingham commented
    March 26, 2018 21:06

    Yes! I'm working with templates and CANNOT find where the phantom "field is currently used". Please please please just allow us to delete fields and collections, even if it means the elements on the page will be disconnected. I've literally wasted 20 hours trying to hunt down references but I'm never able to find them all.

  • Adam Rust commented
    May 02, 2018 14:39

    SInce the error message is triggered by the system having identified references to the target field somewhere, it would be trivial to display at least the name of the page where the reference has been found.

    This could look like "This field is currently used by your {Name of Collection}  Collection List on the site or/and inside your {Name of Collection Page} Collection Page. To delete this field, you'll need to remove any references to it first.

  • Stephen Bazley commented
    July 30, 2018 00:21

    This is a bigger problem then just knowing where. Yes, it may be helpful knowing for most cases. However, I have found one case where I had to create a new project and purchase hosting.

    This is a bug that Webflow need to fix as it is wasting a lot of peoples time and money.

  • David Casey commented
    December 13, 2018 05:22

    Paid for a template to save time and I'm now going on about 6 hours hunting for where these bindings are hidden. Debating if I should just restart from scratch.

    If anyone has become a pro at this could you please take a look at my site and help me locate: https://preview.webflow.com/preview/enjoyable-edibles-com?utm_source=enjoyable-edibles-com&preview=4cf0e40785ce56ea6b0e460f8b107220

    Please & Thank you!

  • John Custer commented
    December 14, 2018 20:43

    This is one of those features that you don't realize that you need until you really need it, and then it's maddening not to be able to see a list of page slugs where you've inserted a particular CMS item when you need to refactor.  

    For our use case, I'd be fine getting this information via the API if that's something that would speed up the implementation of this feature.  Being able to get a list of page templates and the dynamic references for that template would be extremely useful.

  • Emmanuel commented
    02 Feb 20:44

    This has been my mayor frustration since a long time ago. I had this problem once (never found where the field was being referenced, so I just had to ignore it and get used to it).

    Today it happened again with a new item, so I'm accumulating unused fields, which is quite bothersome. I hope this gets many votes.