Nested Symbols

I'm thinking... create buttons and elements to be re-used within sections that are already symbols.

Hope that makes sense 😬

  • Kia Kamgar
  • Mar 16 2017
  • Shipped
  • Dec 15, 2020

    Admin response

    Hi all - good news to close out the year: now you can nest symbols within other symbols to build and maintain complex layouts more easily and efficiently.

    Read all about this release in our announcement blog post.

  • Tiada Guru commented
    14 Nov, 2020 03:52am

    For all the other multilingual Webflow developers:

    ...when you're going through hell, just keep going.

    I hope this feature request is getting the attention it so desperately deserves.

  • Tiada Guru commented
    14 Nov, 2020 03:51am

    Not a day goes by when I do not desperately hope this feature has been added.

    It's such a frustrating limitation of the Webflow platform that more and more looks like a one-page site designer that had multi-page support grafted on. :(

    It's been 30 months since this request was formalized here and no updates since March 2020 that it's "in development". :(

    Even as the world implodes, apparently people still want websites...

  • Oliver Franke commented
    9 Nov, 2020 02:52pm

    That will be a big plus. That will allow me to opt out of React even more. Would really love to see that feature.

  • Guillaume Langlois commented
    9 Oct, 2020 06:27pm

    NESTED SYMBOLS is probably the next best thing to hit WebFlow. I can't wait, it's gonna change everything productivity-wise.

  • James Berry commented
    9 Oct, 2020 01:54pm

    Any timeline on this? Can't wait!

  • Jake Spirek commented
    28 Aug, 2020 05:19pm

    This will be amazing!

  • Yasmina Lembachar commented
    13 Aug, 2020 07:30am

    Also out of votes but also very much looking forward to this!

    We have 23 different symbols for what should really be a single component, so every time we need to update or add to it, it's 23 times the effort :')

  • Matt Lippl commented
    6 Aug, 2020 05:20pm

    Absolutely would love that; would be great in cases of where colors change for dark to light mode but the text still links so you change on both versions easily at the same time.

  • Alexander Fjelldal commented
    30 Jul, 2020 06:51am

    Much needed. For now, I have to rely on copy/paste, which is a steady source of mishaps

  • Stephen Hood commented
    6 Jun, 2020 07:50pm

    A blog post from 2 1/2 months ago talks about on this being on the horizon. Is there a beta program available or an update on what's happening?

    Really don't understand what the secrecy is all about - other than to frustrate and annoy your *customers* from making important decisions based on a public roadmap.

    webflow could learn a thing or two from on how to actually include customers in your vision week in and week out - rather than frustrating and alienating them with exclusion and drip feeding.

    There is a stark difference between the confidence the clickup people demonstrate in their product and what I can only be described as uncertainty and fear in webflows drip drip approach because "oh no but our competitors would be onto us".

    I thought the new mantra from recent financing was about being more inclusive? Does that not apply to customers?

    This is not just about nested symbols - but a general roadmap approach and inclusive one at that - so we can plan our futures as well. Surprises might be the right approach for a consumer HARDWARE company like Apple to "delight" their customers - but it sucks for planning SOFTWARE features and deliveries and being largely in the dark.

    With 30+ years in this industry my feedback comes from a place of believing webflow is one of the most amazing pieces of technology I've used or built - ever. Blows my mind what it can do in a browser and has made a technology accessible to people who wouldn't otherwise had access to it. That's inclusive.

    I'd like to see the management of the process - from a customers perspective - rise to the same level of blowing my mind.


  • Alex Dixon commented
    28 May, 2020 09:33am

    In development 🤘🏼

  • Andre Jordan commented
    19 May, 2020 04:50pm

    We need this. It's an absolute must. If Webflow wants to be the best way to build for web and stay a leader in modern web design, we need features like this to achieve maximum flexibility with our layouts.

  • Mark Drake commented
    13 Apr, 2020 04:13pm

    Just tried to do this today.

    We have symbols for vertical rhythm to a page - providing consistent vertical spacing throughout our pages.

    I tried to place one of these symbols in another symbol and was unable to do so. It would be nice. Until then, I had to simply use the class tag - but not everyone's use case is so simplistic.

  • Peter Nelson commented
    27 Mar, 2020 06:02pm

    This is essential for our company, please add asap

  • Joshua Kummer commented
    4 Mar, 2020 10:35am

    This is absolutely needed!

  • Raquel Pea commented
    19 Feb, 2020 07:13am

    Please, Webflow, give us the gift of nested symbols.

  • Chad Morgan commented
    7 Dec, 2019 09:49pm

    Yes, please.

  • Luis Alberto Gudino Salinas commented
    7 Nov, 2019 09:19pm

    please :'(

  • Gareth Harrey commented
    1 Nov, 2019 01:36pm

    Just realised symbols can't be nested and that sucks!

  • Sam Hall commented
    20 Jul, 2019 11:26am

    Really hope this is coming soon, I'm working on a template that will be resold to businesses in the same industry. I have developed a private page where all the information of the individual customers can entered, and using a nested symbol system, the information would automatically populate the website. 

    With the current system, the same information appears in multiple symbols but as it can't be nested, each symbol has to be individually amended.

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