Building a form
Use this page to build and test a form before copying it to the sign-up page.
- If you don't know how to start, drag a Contact Form from the left column into this area, or copy the form below (click on the arrow in the form's top left corner) and modify the copy.
- To begin editing the form, click on the form. You can't do anything to it until you click on it once. Also, you won't see all the form options on the left until you click on the form. WAIT! When you do that, you won't be able to see these instructions, so know that...
- To close the form and see these instructions again, hit Save.
- Put everything related to your form, including a graphic and title, into the form itself. This will allow for one-click copying.
- Go to Form Options and change the Form Name to something related to the form. This won't show up on the web site, but when someone fills out a form, an email will come that says "You have received a submission to your ____ Form, and you'll want to know what it's talking about.
- Also in Form Options, check the email address. If you want the data sent to YOU, enter YOUR address.
- Also in Form Options, find the Button controls and align the Submit Button in the center. This looks much better on mobile.
- NOTE that if you use an Email field in your form, that field will check for a valid email format. So if you change the label from 'Email' to 'Favorite Color' or whatever, it won't work. It's looking for an email address. The other text fields (even phone number) aren't like that.
- There is a field called Short Text Box that you can drag into your form. You can use it for any kind of input.
- Also, play around with the Dropdown Menu, Checkboxes, etc.
- If you are nearly done, go back to Form Options and make sure that no optional fields are marked as 'required'. It will irritate your users if they have to answer things that don't apply to them.
- When you are done, Save your form, Publish the page, and test it out (especially on mobile). Make sure you test it by filling it out several different ways. Try to trip it up if you can.
- Then maybe have someone else look it over, proofread it, etc.
- Finally, you can copy it to the sign-up page or wherever it might be going. If you have never done this before, have someone show you!