Wix Corvid Overview (Formerly Wix Code)

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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.

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Who is Wix Corvid For?

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.

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Wix Corvid gives you more flexibility when it comes to customizing your Wix website
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Like the sound of Wix Corvid? Well then, why not use your coding skills to build a masterpiece today?

Further reading

Check out our guide on the Best Website Builders on the market today to compare Wix to other website builders.

You can also read our Wix Review for a more general look at this builder.

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Wix Corvid Features

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.

Database System

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.

JavaScript Snippets

You can access the JavaScript code and create snippets in order to build custom interactions, such as collapsible menus.

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.

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What Can You do With Wix Corvid?

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…

Database Collections

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.

Repeating Layouts

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.

Custom Interactions

With Corvid, you can create custom behaviors for your web pages by updating the JavaScript code. This means you can have your web pages react in a different way based on each individual user.

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!

APIs

An API is a type of JavaScript message that tells different softwares how they should interact with each other. Through APIs, you’ll be able to seamlessly integrate your website with third party plugins such as Facebook or Vimeo.

API integration is quite advanced, and is only really suitable for JavaScript pros. However, you could easily master APIs with a little bit of research – check out Wix’s instructional video below for some helpful insights into Corvid….

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Wix Corvid could be the wings that your website needs to soar online. What are you waiting for?
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How to Activate Wix Corvid

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!

About Tom Watts

Tom Watts

You might not come from the most technical background - but neither did I! After years of working on websites I've managed to learn a few things that might be able to help you on your website building journey.

I'm here to help out the WBE community by generating informative discussions and by answering your questions in the comments section.

Let's make you a website builder expert!

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  • Paulo
    Is it possible to create a 'thank you auto-redirect page after x seconds' with wix code?
  • Arati Nath
    Hi Tom, I want to improve my SEO on Wix. With wix code or oether wise could you pls advice.
    1 reply
    • Fred Isaac
      Hi Arati, your best bet is to follow Wix's SEO guide https://seoguide.wix.com/en/ and check out the SEO-focused apps available - https://www.wix.com/app-market/search?query=seo. In our experience, making sure your meta descriptions and meta titles are on point is very important.
  • Dany jedi
    Hi Tom., finding it hard to implement what is claimed to be easy on mouseOver show etc .. Trying to find someone with basic jS is also difficult as they need to know about about Wix. Any suggestions as i would love to push the limits of what can be done with Wix code
    2 replies
    • Andreas Kviby
      Look at the Wix Code Forums for free help
    • Natasha Willett
      Hi Danny, Thanks for joining the discussion. It may be worth looking at sites such as Fiverr or Upwork, they should help you find that reputable freelancer.https://www.fiverr.com/https://www.upwork.com/However, if you want to learn how to do the MouseOver yourself it maybe worth looking over the Wix Code help guide: https://support.wix.com/en/wix-code/wix-code-tutorials-examples-videos This tutorial video in particular is really useful: https://www.wix.com/code/home/video-custom-interactionsHope this helps. Natasha.
  • Shelly
    If I have products to sell and want to set up my items using WIX Code database collections / dynamic pages, how do clients submit payment? Do the dynamic pages somehow connect to my WIX online store??
    2 replies
    • Nayeli Gomez
      This is completely inaccurate. You cannot code into the Wix Store yet, therefore you cannot add a "Add to Cart" button on a dynamic page because your page will not know what product to add. The button does not change dynamically. It is static and stays the same.
    • Tom Watts
      Hi Shelly, As long as you're subscribed to the Wix eCommerce plan and have access to Wix Stores (with all your payment processing methods set up), then you should have no trouble. When creating the dynamic pages, click 'Add' scroll down to 'Store' and then look for an 'Add to Cart' button. Drag and drop this on your page, and you're good to go! I've just done exactly that on my Wix store to make sure it works and hey presto, all good! It really is very time saving :) Thanks for reading and hope that helps, - Tom
  • Tina
    Hi Tom, thank you for this information. I started using wix last year and decided that it could only be used for a pilot version of what I needed as its functionality was too limited. Now seeing wix code, quite excited to see this might mean we can keep on where we are, but can you tell me if it will enable the development of user accounts (ideally different kinds of accounts depending on the user, with passwords and dashboards) and if multiple languages can now be added? I am trying to grasp the extent to which the new developments can be applied. Many thanks!
    1 reply
    • Tom Watts
      Hi Tina, Great to hear you've stuck with Wix and are as excited as we are by Wix Code! You absolutely can now create member profiles on your website using Wix Code and this handy guide explains how to do so! You should also be able to create a multi-lingual website, but I believe this was possible before the release of Wix Code - it's just a bit time consuming. This guide gives you the details, but from what I can see it involves creating duplicate pages + then translating them, which feels like more of a fix than a solution. However, you can combine this with the Wix Language Menu app to direct users to the most relevant language version of your site, which could solve your issue? Here's some more information about it from Wix. Hope that helps, - Tom
  • Drew
    Any idea how Wix code will be able to interact with Google Tag Manager? I have several websites set up already, curious whether i will be able to input the code straight onto the site
    2 replies
    • Code Queen Nayeli
      Google Tag manager (and other tracking & analytics tools) will be released within the next few weeks. Wix Experts have been testing this for a couple of weeks now. ;)
    • Tom Watts
      Hey Drew, Right now you can't actually add the GTM code to your Wix website (see here). Hopefully that will be rectified soon! Off the top of my head, I can see a lot of potential use in GTM's event tracking to track users through ecommerce pages, particularly filling in custom forms and identifying the user flow through database-generated transaction pages. Hope that helps, - Tom
  • Kelly
    I am excited to learn more now that I have read your article. This product is phenomenal in it's potential to build custom sites with minimal coding and tedious repetition. I thank you for removing some of the fear of committing to Wix based development!
    1 reply
    • Tom Watts
      Hello Kelly, Great to know we managed to settle some of your nerves about Wix! Wix Code really does have incredible potential to empower people to create stunning websites without any coding knowledge. Even when playing in the beta, I was able to create things I never thought possible with Wix, which really impressed me. It's definitely worth reading the guides Wix have prepared and playing around with Wix Code to get comfortable with it, but I'm sure it will help you build a great website, Kelly! Best of luck and thanks for reading, - Tom
  • AD
    Hello, thanx for your support.y i want to make a product comparison website. so how can i make it. please help me. i will be very thankful to you. thanx.
    1 reply
    • Tom Watts
      Hi AD, It depends on the sort of comparisons you want to make. At the very least, it's worth getting hold of and using the products you want to compare, then write about your experiences using those products! So at the very least, you'll want a platform on which you can blog easily. I'd recommend Wix or Weebly as good starting points. Check out the reviews I've linked to and see how you get on. Thanks for reading - Tom