Every new Formsite form gets its own secure database area where its results are saved. Form results are added to the database and stored securely where the form managers can view and edit them. Occasionally there are times when account owners need to connect forms to a different MySQL database that they control, like with a content management system (CMS).
Our goal is to provide useful and practical features for online forms, and we encourage our advanced customers to customize the system where possible. Sending results to a custom MySQL database is a relatively easy start for using Formsite as your custom data collection and processing system.
Creating registration forms or order forms that collect payments are often made with sites or services that charge additional fees. These transaction fees are added to the regular cost of the service and are typically tacked on to every payment as a processing fee.
Formsite customers do not pay any additional fees. The Pro 1 and higher service levels come with full access to the integrations—including payment processing—and are not charged any per-transaction fees from Formsite.
The first place everyone sees after logging in to Formsite is the account dashboard page and the My Forms table. If there are existing forms, they will be listed in this table along with lots of information to help form owners quickly see how forms are performing.
In addition to the My Forms table, the Account Specs appears on the account dashboard page as a quick look at the entire account numbers. These areas are full of information and features to help account owners maintain their forms and monitor the account limits.
A matrix is a way to show information in columns and rows, like a table or a spreadsheet. Matrix items are specialty items from Formsite that allow form builders to collect a large number of answers in a smaller area by combining questions in the columns or rows.
In addition to the various Matrix items, there are the specialty Multi-scale items and Star Rating item. These items have been designed to allow form builders to collect information in specific and unique ways.
Forms that collect many results from a wide group of visitors run the risk of receiving duplicate or incomplete results. For example, posting the form link on a website or social media site may drive lots of traffic that can be great for the form, but may generate these lower-quality results in some cases. To increase the quality of form results, steps can be taken to prevent multiple and incomplete results while still supporting a large group of visitors.
Many Formsite customers rely on their forms to serve a major role in day-to-day operations. Forms like order forms, registrations, contact forms, etc. are useful and sometimes essential parts of the process where the response time can affect the outcome. Today’s always-on society rewards fast responses, and many alternatives to email are needed to bypass the email clutter. One popular alternative is Slack, a communication application that serves as a hub for many organizations.
Slack lets team members communicate with each other and monitor channels of all kinds for communications ranging from system status messages to personal direct messages. The primary notification method for Formsite forms is through email, but Slack users can use their forms’ Zapier integration to send instant notifications to their Slack channels, too.
A popular request we get is how to make an appointment scheduling form. The requirements include letting form visitors choose from available appointment times while also preventing double-booking the same time. Our Inventory feature is the essential part of this system and this article will explain the steps for making a smart appointment scheduling form.
The most important step in creating the appointment scheduling form is determining how many days to list. For example, I can list the current month plus the next month to give enough lead time for customers without making the process too difficult. That gives me around 45 business days to maintain at any given time (61 days – 16 weekend days).
A newly-added integration to Formsite accounts is the Box integration, which allows forms with File Upload items to send copies of all uploaded files to a Box account. This is useful for organizations with multiple recipients to access the uploaded files faster, for reducing the load on the email server, for setting up an automatic backup of all files uploaded, and lots more.
The Box integration doesn’t replace the normal file storage, but instead sends a copy of all uploaded files to the connected account. The files will still be saved in the Formsite results until either the files or results are manually deleted.
Box is a cloud service that enables sharing and editing files in multiple places with multiple people, and activating the Formsite integration allows for automatic copying of a form’s uploaded files to a Box account. The integration is triggered when the form is successfully submitted and anyone with permissions to access the location in the Box account will be able to see the uploaded files instantly.
Formsite has recently added the Microsoft OneDrive integration to enable forms with File Upload items to send copies of all attachments to a OneDrive account. As a built-in feature of Windows 10, OneDrive is an easy way to share, edit, and store files received by form visitors.
The integration is provided as a way to send file attachments to the OneDrive account in addition to saving them with the Formsite result. This integration doesn’t replace the file storage, but copies the files in addition to the normal Formsite storage.
Uses for the Microsoft OneDrive integration include automatically backing up files received as part of form results, sharing files with other OneDrive users, accessing shared files on mobile devices, and more.
Virtually all of the form items and settings use the text editor as a way to enter and format content for your form. This content can be either item questions, labels, or full blocks of text and images. The Formatted Text item lets form owners add content through the text editor in a custom-formatted style, along with links, images, varying fonts, sizes, and colors.
The text editor is used in several different areas in the form and account including: