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Type Of Content - When To Use Page Data Source In Bubble.io

In this Bubble.io tutorial video we show how to display content using dynamic data from your database on a page. Using Page Data Source is the best way of designing a page to show a single entry from a list of data.

What's the best way of allowing your user to, having viewed a list of your contacts, click on the contact and go through to a page that displays information on that single contact.

Starting with a repeating group table

Here we have my table and I'll just show you how my data is set up. We have a data type of contact and it's all laid out in a repeating group that searches contacts. I also have already got set up a page called 'profile' and this is the key bit for this lesson. If you're not using this, you're probably using some much more cumbersome way of sending data from one page to another.

Set the page's Type of Content

If you're wanting to display mainly a single data type entry, then the best way, at least in my opinion is to set on the page level the type of content. This tells Bubble that this page is going to show a single contact entry. And then the way that we connect up, we don't have to send our own parameters, we don't have to work with the unique ID for each contact. Bubble has it built in. So let's go on the contact name. And then when the contact name is clicked, we navigate to page and we navigate to profile. And it's going to add an arrow. Because I've said that that page is going to contain a contact, that's what it's going to be populated with, it means I have to send a contact through. And so I'm saying send current sales contact. Something that I often do by mistake is that if I'm duplicating pages in order to save time in my design process, I will then end up working with a page which hasn't got the - let me show you. So I've really built up this page and I wanted to duplicate it to incorporate design elements into other pages. And when I duplicate the page, it's going to continue to assume that the page is intended to display really a single contact. And then I might get errors coming up in the debugger because I've left that in there. You can also, let's select name because that will add it to the URL. Let's see what that has done.

Testing

So I click on Tony and you can see it takes me through to profile. If you're interested in how to change parts of the link, it gets it from up there. So that's what has profile there, /tony, because I said to put in the name, and then hyphen, and then this is Tony's unique ID in the database. But I've not had to extract that at any point because by using the workflow in navigation, navigation step go to page profile data to send then it means that I don't have to deal with the unique ID. A few things to comment on here in case you're interested. Send current page parameters that would send if I go back onto my list page here if I'd already stored additional values as parameters in the URL then it would pass those on to the next page if I wanted to add additional values. For example say I wanted to have new user and then yes. That means that if someone is to complete this workflow and then they arrive on the page, the profile page it adds that parameter to the URL and so what that would allow me to do hypothetically I was building something that used this recently so it's on my mind is I can do a page pages loaded and I can do only when get data from parameter new user is yes. So that then allows me to dictate whether a workflow is run or not based on if the parameter is in there, based on if the user has followed a particular link or not. So I hope you found that useful and hopefully that will save you some time in the future.

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