Custom Text for Personalized & Multi-Language Forms

Formsite custom textCustomizing the form text that isn’t accessible in the Form Editor can help make a form easier to complete and understand. One example is setting custom text for the submit button from ‘Submit’ to ‘Complete Your Registration’, which can help keep form visitors informed of their progress.

Every form has its own separate page under the Form Settings -> Custom Text page, and editing the text and phrases there is an easy way to fine-tune the form. Whether fine-tuning includes a complete translation to another language or smaller customizations, the Custom Text page allows form builders to target form visitors with precise and clear text.

The kinds of information on the Custom Text page include text for:

  • Buttons
  • Messages & Errors
  • Currency symbols
  • Email labels
  • Inventory labels

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Custom Code Item For Scripts & Custom HTML

Formsite custom codeFormsite’s Custom Code item is used to add custom Javascript and HTML to a form for those times when extra code is needed that isn’t built into the form editor. The most common request is to add tracking code to get more information about how visitors use the form. Other uses include:

  • Google Analytics & Facebook tracking
  • Google Translate
  • Custom Print button
  • Embed videos
  • Visitor referrer

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Align Your Formsite Form to Left, Right & Center

We occasionally get questions asking how to change the alignment of the form from the default left-aligned to center-aligned or right-to-left (RTL). The form editor aligns the form items to the left normally but there are circumstances where form builders want to align the items to the center or the right.

  • Center-aligned forms are most commonly requested when the form is embedded into the customer’s site where the design requires a center-aligned form.
  • Right-aligned or RTL forms are commonly requested by customers needing a solution to display the form in a language that is read right-to-left.

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Order Review Page: How to Customize & Other Tips

Formsite order forms give form builders many powerful tools for accepting orders and payments. A feature of our system is the automatic Order Review page that is added to the end of every order form that displays the order details and the payment methods set up by the form owner.

Formsite order review

The Order Review page is a common source of questions like:

  • How do I modify the order summary table?
  • Can I modify the order items and quantities?
  • How do I add content to the order summary page?
  • How do I skip the order summary page?

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Piping How-to & Tips for Dynamic Formsite Forms

Formsite pipingPiping is one of the most powerful tools available to form builders, as it allows for viewing and using form answers later in the form. The ability to collect and insert values into messages, other form fields, and file names lets form builders create dynamic systems for personalization and organization.

Formsite’s methods for piping include features that allow form owners to target system data, set default text, and chain together multiple pipe codes to construct complex personalization or naming values.

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File Upload for Collecting Files with Formsite Forms

Some form owners have the need to collect uploaded files with their form results, as with registration forms, expense reports, contest entry forms, and many others. The File Upload item allows Formsite form builders to accept attachments with their forms. The most basic use of the item is easy to grasp, but there are some additional considerations and techniques that can be used to increase the usefulness of the File Upload item.

Formsite file upload sample

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Amazon AWS Outage Impact on Formsite

Amazon AWSFormsite uses Amazon AWS to host our infrastructure and today they experienced an issue that caused widespread outages across multiple data centers. The AWS outage affected a large number of websites and online services, and the exact cause hasn’t yet been identified.

The architecture Formsite uses is spread across multiple data centers, but the issue impacted multiple data centers and made our outages unavoidable. The effects to Formsite included the inability to connect and log in to Formsite accounts, the inability to upload attachments to forms, and disruption of emails that may not have been delivered during the outage.

Important: The outage did not impact any saved data. Also, for those customers who were able to connect to forms and were able to successfully submit, the results were saved as normal. This outage affected the connections only—not the storage.

We will be evaluating what lessons we can learn and changes we can make to improve our communication during rare events like this. Today’s AWS outage was posted to our social channels at Facebook and Twitter, and our customer support staff stayed on point to communicate the status through the entire event.

Multiple Pages, Intro Pages & Other Page Tips

Formsite multiple pagesA common question is how to make a form with multiple pages, which is easily done by adding Page Break items to the form. That is only the beginning of the possibilities, though. Other questions related to form pages include:

  • How to make an intro page?
  • How to require a login after the intro page?
  • How to disable going back to a previous page?
  • How to skip pages based on answers to questions?
  • How to repeat pages based on an entered number?

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Custom Branding: How to use Images, Fonts & Colors

Formsite forms can be fully customized by form owners at all service levels, which allows for complete control over the forms’ appearance. Adding logos and images is a great way to communicate basic brand attributes and set the tone of your form, as well as apply any custom branding requirements like fonts and colors.

Formsite custom branding

Adding Logos & Images

There are three basic places where images can be added:

  1. Form items:
    • The Image item is the easiest way to add an individual image.
    • Image List items are used to include images with a radio button or checkbox item.
    • The Heading item allows you to add a text box with your image as a background image.
    • The Formatted Text item lets you add images along with your text.
  2. Form Header/Footer:
    • The Header/Footer link in the Form Editor lets you add text or images that appear on every page of your form.
  3. Page or Form Background:
    • The Style page allows you to add images for the page or form background using the tools on the Customize page.

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