This article explains what Wix app collections are and how you can work with them.
Wix app collections are special collections that come from some Wix apps you may have added to your site. These collections appear automatically in your Content Manager when you have Wix Data enabled on your site.
Each app will have different collections. For example, if you have the Wix Billing app on your site, you will see Billing collections such as Invoices and PriceQuotes grouped together in a section called "Billing." If your site has the Wix Bookings app, you will see Bookings collections such as Schedule, Services and Staff listed in a section called "Bookings."
Click a collection to open it.
Some Wix app collections are called Starter collections. When the Wix app is added, you get a form template and an empty collection that you can use and modify.
Unlike regular Wix app collections:
For example, the Wix Forms app gives you a starter collection depending on the form you choose. If you choose a Contest form, an Enter Contest collection is created for you with fields related to contests such as First Name, Last Name, Email, Phone, Birthday, and more. The fields on the form are dynamically connected to the fields in the collection for you, so each time.
Also, you can manually add additional fields to the form, such as an anniversary or a signature, and manually connect them to new fields you add to the collection... as you would any other collection.
Wix app collections contain information about the items in your Wix app. For example, if you have Wix Stores on your site, your Products collection will contain information about the products you sell in your store. The fields (columns) in the collection provide information about each item (row), such as the item's name, stock number, price, and image.
Every time you add a new app item or make changes to an existing app item in your dashboard, the changes are automatically reflected in your app collection.
For more information about the specific fields in each Wix app collection, see the App's section in the table of contents here.
You can use the information in these collections just like you would use information in a collection you created yourself. With the data in Wix apps collections you can do the following:
You can also write code that references these collections to add customized features to your apps. Learn how here. See the app examples in the Velo Examples site, as well as the app code articles for each app.
You can view information about the specific fields (columns) of an app in the "Collection Fields" article in the app's section here. Each article lists the fields in the collection, including the field name, field key, field type, a brief description, whether the field can connect to data, and whether it can be sorted or filtered.
Wix app starter collection fields are read-write and can be changed like any collection you create manually. Regular Wix app collection fields are read-only and can only be changed from the relevant app manager in your Dashboard.
You can see the collection's permission settings by clicking Permissions in the Content Manager.
Permissions affect what your visitors can do with the collection content.
For the Stores/Products collection, anyone can read collection content, and no one can create, update, or delete collection content. This means the following:
For the Members/PrivateMembersData collection, only site member authors can read collection content, and no one can create, update, or delete collection content. This means the following:
When using code to perform data operations, you can override collection permission restrictions by using WixDataOptions.
Previously published at https://support.wix.com/en/article/velo-working-with-wix-app-collections-and-code