What is Webflow Ecommerce and why would you want to disable it?
Webflow Ecommerce is Webflow's suite of ecommerce tools for creating and managing a web shop. While it is a useful feature for web shops, some users may want to disable it if they don't use it. One reason for this is that some Webflow templates include ecommerce by default regardless of whether or not you're starting an ecommerce website. Webflow ecommerce also cannot be fully removed from a site. Once it is enabled on a site, the ecommerce pages and collections cannot be deleted from the site. This can be inconvenient for users who do not want to have the ecommerce pages on their site or who want to use a third-party integration for ecommerce features instead. For these reasons, some users may want to remove ecommerce from their site and struggle to do so.
How to remove ecommerce in Webflow
If you've decided that you won't be using the ecommerce features on your Webflow site, there are a couple of options for removing them. Because Webflow doesn't give the option to fully remove ecommerce pages and collections once enabled, you either have to copy and import your content over to a new site without ecommerce or hide the ecommerce pages on the original site. If you decide to go with the latter option, you can use the Webflow Designer to delete all the content from your ecommerce pages and then remove any links to those pages from your navigation. Hiding the pages in this way will prevent them from being seen on your live site, but they can still be viewed if someone has the direct URL. You may want to use custom code on each of the ecommerce pages to redirect them to your 404 page. You can also add a "no index" meta tag for the Webflow Ecommerce pages. This tag tells search engines not to index the page, which will keep it out of search results. However, if you want to completely remove the pages from your site's code, you'll need to go with the first option and migrate your work to a new site that does not have ecommerce enabled.
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