Hi @chriscarlston – I’m one of the product managers here at Webflow, and am specifically focused on continuing to build out our CMS and Ecommerce functionality.
We completely understand, and share your strong desire to have Nested Collection Lists available for your projects. Honestly, it’s a limitation that I think I have personally run into and been frustrated by in almost all of my own CMS-based projects as well
One of the big technical challenges that has stood in our way with this feature has been performance concerns. As you can imagine, with the ability to nest collection lists without any intelligent limitations, users can quickly get into situations where they are exponentially increasing the number of ‘dynamic’ elements that need to be queried for, rendered, and interacted with on their pages.
Unchecked, this could not only hurt the performance on the live published sites, but the Designer and Editor workflows for building out these sites as well. So we have wanted to proactively address some of these performance concerns prior to building out this feature.
The good news is that we are truly planning on pushing it forward in the near future!
First, though, we are tackling another major gap in our CMS functionality – the ability to paginate collection lists in your sites. Not only is this specific feature important on its own, however, it also will actually help address the performance concerns for nested collection lists in a way as well – by offering designers the ability to limit the number of collection list items being displayed in a page at any given time, but NOT limiting the ability for the end users of their sites to access more of the collection content through the pagination.
Second, we are continuing to invest more time/energy into further performance investigations and improvements that will help us with our development of Nested Collection Lists as well.
So… while it’s not yet imminent, this is definitely something that we are actively working on making possible as soon as we can based on these directly related projects, and balancing the other big initiatives that we are pushing forward as well.
I hope that helps at least provide a little more context, even if it isn’t exactly the answer you were hoping for. Just know that we hear you – and really do want this feature just as strongly!