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Troubleshooting Multi-Image Field Visibility in Webflow's Lightbox & Collection List

Having trouble with the Multi-image field visibility in Webflow's Lightbox and Collection List? You're not alone. Multiple images can be a fantastic way to enhance your site's visual appeal and provide more comprehensive information about a product or service. However, it can be quite frustrating when you can't get the multi-image option to work properly. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. In this blog post, we will discuss some common issues that Webflow users face and provide solutions to address them.

The Problem

According to a thread in the Webflow community, a common issue users encounter is the inability to get images from the multi-image field when linking a Lightbox to a collection. It seems that only images from the Image field can be retrieved, and not from the multi-image field. This can be quite a roadblock, especially when you are trying to create a simple collection list for your project.

The Solution

Utilizing Dynamic Pages

The key to using an image gallery for your CMS lightboxes lies in the utilization of dynamic pages. When you create CMS Collections, each instance will have its own Dynamic page. These pages can be built to look the same and auto-populate content based on the CMS Collection. To link a Lightbox straight to the multi-image, you need to add a Collection List to a Collection page. This method has been confirmed by users like Hunter_Reynolds and joejola in the same Webflow forum thread.

Working with CMS Collection Pages

Another point to note is the context in which you're trying to link the multi-image field. As Panos, a Webflow user, pointed out, you might encounter problems if you're not in a CMS Dynamic page. If you're working within a CMS Collection Page, you should be able to see the multi-image option. Webflow University provides a helpful guide on how to use the multi-image field on CMS Collection Pages.

Addressing Linking Limitations

While the solutions above can help with visibility issues in most cases, you might still run into limitations when linking lightboxes. As JazzMags pointed out, linking with other lightboxes can show every image in every lightbox on the page, because the 'link with other lightboxes' field isn't dynamic. An alternative method that is dynamic is to use a Collection list on a Collection page, as mentioned earlier.

Remember, Webflow is a powerful tool, but like any other tool, it has its quirks. The key is to understand how it works and find workarounds where needed. Happy designing!

Pro Tip: Maximizing Lightbox Display using Columns

A lesser-known yet powerful technique is to leverage the 'Columns' feature in Webflow to maximize your Lightbox display, particularly when working with multi-image fields. This can be especially helpful when you want to create a visually stunning and highly organized image gallery. Here's how you can do it:

  • Step 1: Begin by adding a new Collection List to your Collection Page and link it to your multi-image field.
  • Step 2: Within the Collection List, add a 'div block'. Assign it a class, say 'image-wrapper' and set the width and height as per your preference. This will serve as the container for your images.
  • Step 3: Add a Lightbox Link inside the 'div block' and link it to your multi-image field. Inside the Lightbox Link, place an image and link it to the 'Current Image' of your multi-image field.
  • Step 4: Now, for the magic! Go back to your Collection List and add a 'Columns' element. You can set the number of columns as per your preference. This will automatically arrange your images in a grid format, providing a neat and organized look to your gallery.

And voila! You have an impressive, columnar Lightbox display for your multi-image fields. This clever workaround not only enhances the aesthetics of your site but also improves user experience by providing a more structured view of your images. Remember, it's these small yet impactful tweaks that can take your Webflow designs to the next level.

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