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List CMS Bindings When Attempting to Delete a Collection/Item Merged

When trying to delete a collection or collection item that's still being used in a binding, it'd be great if the error that was shown would give some idea of where that binding is. Could you add a list of the current pages or element names, to make it easier to hunt down and delete those bindings?

  • Chris Scott
  • Apr 19 2017
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  • David Casey commented
    13 Dec, 2018 05:26am

    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:

    Please & Thank you!

  • Jon Reese commented
    11 Dec, 2018 09:42pm

    YES. PLEASE. I regularly can not find where my collection items are bound, and it always wastes so much time.

  • Kendall Cornell commented
    2 Aug, 2018 05:54pm

    I get stuck over and over again on this issue.  I am about to just use an external blog instead of investing any more time into trying to figure this out.   Delete all bindings seems to be a very UI friendly option.  

  • Stephen Bazley commented
    30 Jul, 2018 12:17am

    I deleted all other CMS Collections and all pages except the home page and collection page of which I deleted all code, styles and SEO settings I could. I still had the issue.

    Possibly, it was due to copying a template project I created a year or two ago. Webflow has done updates to the CMS and designer etc since then and they may not have upgraded the project properly to be compatible with the new Webflow.

    If Webflow users had tools to force a delete or refresh etc then this would be very helpful. Certainly, if Webflow users had deeper collection database admin tools then this could be very valuable and result in fewer support requests to Webflow.

    I agree that better error reporting would help. Better still if we could create our own error reporting or view the low-level database attributes & tables would be really nice. Then if we had the database tools to do the surgery on the database, then that would be really really nice.

    Really, it would!

  • Doug Silvermaster commented
    22 May, 2018 05:38pm


  • Trevor Whittingham commented
    26 Mar, 2018 09:09pm

    Please Webflow, make this possible. Stop making me hunt phantom bindings for hours. 

  • Karl Löfdahl commented
    18 Feb, 2018 12:25pm

    Huge time consumer and cause of frustration! +1

    Merge with ?

  • Daniel Rad commented
    15 Feb, 2018 10:07am


    This is painful. 

    I'm using this product to avoid time expense..


    this is a very time consuming process. 

  • Lin Siteeditor commented
    18 Jan, 2018 09:15am

    This is an absolute must! I cannot begin to explain how frustrating the hunt for bindings are. The very least is a "force delete" function.

  • Marcel Deelen commented
    22 Nov, 2017 02:08pm

    Yes please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael Wells commented
    17 Nov, 2017 02:13am

    I'd really like to see a "Forcibly Unbind" feature as well. 

    The list of places we currently have to hunt for references is pretty massive and can take hours.  I still have a few I've never been able to find.  But if we don't, then customers are confused as to which Collections they should be editing, and which to ignore. 

    These are the places I know to look

    • On-page Collection Lists
    • "Non-obvious" Collection Lists, such as in drop-down navigation
    • In Collection List filtering and sorting settings 
    • HTML Embed field references
    • Page META data field references
    • In symbols (have to check every single one)
    • Other Collections, with references to this Collection (if there are cross-references, you have to delete that cross-referencing field first)
  • Barnabas Nagy commented
    5 Oct, 2017 05:38pm

    A must. It takes ages to look for all the collection items in bindings.

  • Peter Olayiwola commented
    6 Sep, 2017 05:20pm

    Please, yes that will be a really helpful tool!

  • Tanavillas Website commented
    11 Aug, 2017 11:57am

    I'm having the same issue while deleting a collection. Please here is my share link - . I'm trying to delete the Agents collection but i keep getting that error. Thanks

  • Dan Debnam commented
    15 Jun, 2017 01:39pm

    This would be a great feature... I can't begin to explain how much time this has wasted for me

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