How To Use Postgres as a Webflow Backend

Use a true relational database as your source of truth for Webflow CMS

How To Use Postgres as a Webflow Backend

Webflow is a phenomenal platform for designing responsive, SEO-optimized websites, but it can be frustrating if you don't want to use Webflow CMS as your primary database and source of truth. Vertex allows you to use Webflow with a true Postgres SQL database by connecting to Whalesync.

To set up Vertex with Webflow:

  1. In Vertex, select "New Database" or "Existing Database" and connect/create the database
  2. After the database is ready, click the gear icon in the upper left corner to open the database settings
  3. Copy the database URL (connection string)
  4. Sign up for Whalesync if you have not already
  5. Create a new Postgres Whalesync base using the connection string
  6. Set up your sync - both one-way or two-way syncs will work, depending on whether your Vertex plan allows SQL write access

With Vertex as your backend and Webflow as your frontend, you can achieve an Airtable-like spreadsheet admin experience for your CMS data and create filtered views that are sharable with your team. You can use boolean (checkbox) columns to control if rows are "live" on Webflow by setting up filters in your Webflow collection views. Additionally, you can allow multiple team members to edit data at the same time without worrying about Webflow logging you out every time sometime else logs in.

Once you've set up your Vertex -> Webflow sync, consider checking out Vertex's Make integration next to create truly powerful automations.

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