What is Wix Corvid?
Formerly known as Wix Code, Wix Corvid is a web development platform built into the Wix visual builder. Once you’ve switched it on within the Wix Editor, you can use Corvid to add more advanced functionality to your Wix website, including customized user journeys, dynamic pages, and much more.
Keen to know more? This article will dive into the world of Corvid, decoding its main features, describing who should use it, and demonstrating all the cool things you can do with it.
You don’t necessarily need coding experience to use Wix Corvid, but it certainly helps. At the very least, you’ll need basic computer skills. Wix provides plenty of easy-to-follow guides for whenever you get stuck, but there is still a learning curve for using Wix Corvid if you’re a total beginner.
All in all, we’d recommend Wix Corvid for users who already own a Wix website and want to add more complex functionality. Wix Corvid is ideal if you want to use your own database of information, create custom interactions to enhance the user experience, or connect your website to external apps such as Google Drive or Yahoo Finance.
Wix Corvid is also suitable for web designers who want more creative freedom than offered on the generic Wix Editor, but don’t want to navigate a complex open source software such as Magento or WooCommerce, either.
Wix Corvid consists of three main components that grant you various coding powers. We’ll briefly explain each feature below, before going into more detail about them further down the article.
This is where you can store all the information you need to populate your website –think images, URLs, product descriptions, etc. Corvid’s database system is the foundation for building dynamic pages and repeating layouts.
Wix API (application program interface)
Using the API, you can influence how your website interacts with third party apps, creating a seamless integration between your website and apps such as Vimeo, Twitter, and Stripe Payments. Again, more on this later.
Wix Corvid raises your Wix website to a new level of advanced functionality. Here are some of the coolest things you can do with Corvid…
A database collection is a spreadsheet containing information and media, such as images and product descriptions. You can create your own database collection using Corvid, and use it to automatically generate content on your website. Database collections are useful for large websites that will need to display a huge variety of unique web pages, such as food recipe websites.
When you enable Wix Corvid, your site is automatically connected to Wix Data, providing access to Wix’s built-in databases which you populate yourself. Alternatively, you can connect your site to any external database using the External Database SPI.
Create Dynamic Pages
Let’s say you’re building a website for your muffin-baking business. After creating your database collection spreadsheet, you can create a single web page in your Wix Editor, link each area of the page to the relevant column on your database spreadsheet – e.g. ‘name of muffin’, ‘picture’, ‘ingredients’, ‘cooking method’ – and Wix Corvid will generate individual pages for each database row automatically. In this case, the dynamic page feature will generate individual pages for each muffin recipe automatically.
Having individual pages for each recipe is great for the user, but you might also want to include a snapshot of all of your recipes on one page. This can be done using Corvid’s repeating layouts feature.
From the ‘Add Elements’ menu in the Wix Editor backend, simply click ‘List and Grids’, then select your chosen grid layout. Corvid will then pull through all of your chosen database fields onto one page.
Custom User Input Forms
Wix Corvid makes it easy to collect information from your users, such as reviews, feedback, or user-generated content for a competition.
It’s the same principle as generating on-page content or Dynamic template pages, except in this instance, you’ll create an empty Database Collection. Then, in the editor, you’ll design an empty form, link the text boxes with the relevant empty columns in your spreadsheet, set the mode to ‘Write’ instead of ‘Read’, and hey presto! Your users can now write in these empty text boxes. Once the user clicks ‘Submit’, their answers will be automatically added to your empty table.
For example, you could create animations that appear while the page is loading, or set up different actions depending on how people answer the questionnaire form you’ve created. Overall, custom interactions make your website more interactive and engaging for users!
Think Corvid sounds cool? So do we! Thankfully, it couldn’t be easier to get started.
To enable Corvid, all you have to do is select ‘Dev Mode’ in the Wix Editor while you are building your Wix website.
Once Corvid is switched on, you’ll need to double-click ‘Home Page Code’ at the bottom of the Editor page in order to open the code panel. Then, go wild!
Activating Corvid couldn’t be more basic, but once you’ve enabled this awesome new feature on your Wix site, you’ll find that it’s anything but basic. Happy coding!