The Calculations feature lets forms process basic equations and makes quiz forms easy. Mostly used with the Scoring feature, calculations let form owners set values for form answers then use those answers in equations. Form owners can show percentages using calculated values if needed.
The most common use for Scoring is with an online quiz. The form owner starts by setting values for each answer, then the form tracks the scoring total. At the end of the form, the result displays as the total score and the total possible.
The built-in Piping codes show the scoring totals on the form, but displaying as percentages requires an extra step. See how it’s done ›
Pricing items: Radio Button Pricing, Dropdown Pricing, and Checkbox Pricing items list choices and prices. These are the most commonly-used order form items and allow visitors to add items to the orders.
Quantity items: The Text Quantity item placed before a pricing item allows for ordering multiples of that item. The Quantity List item combines the quantity and price to display as a condensed list.
Percent items: The Radio Button Percent item enables form owners to add or deduct a percentage of the entire order. Percent items are used to add tax and other required fees to orders.
A common question when embedding forms is how to pre-populate URL parameters. For example, in this URL:
The URL parameters come after the question mark ‘?’ and multiple parameters are separated with ampersands ‘&’. This URL contains parameters ‘first’ and ‘second’ with the corresponding values ‘red’ and ‘blue’.
Using Formsite’s drag-and-drop form builder makes for fast and easy forms. Adding form items provides the item’s structure automatically, and some options are available for more customization. For example, the default position of the field labels places them above and aligned to the left side of the field. For most forms (in left-to-right reading languages), this default placement proves to be the best.
An essential tool for creating smart online forms is Formsite’s Rules. The Rules apply to either form items or pages and makes working with multi-page forms possible. Page rules apply their logic after each page and allow form owners to repeat or skip as needed.
The evolution of mobile apps has helped forms and other data collection methods with higher expectations for user experience. Examples include larger text, easier selections and answers, bigger buttons, and less on-screen information. A recent design style that is gaining popularity is the multi-page form, or showing one question at a time.
Embedded forms allow Formsite form owners to display forms in their own sites, which creates a more integrated and seamless user experience. The embed code offers variables for sizing the form, prePopulating the embedded form, and various other settings. Embedded form alignment can be tricky, however, and some style settings in the host site may be needed.
The most common way of embedding forms displays the form in the main content area on the host site. The form’s width is set to 100% and the host site’s code sets the container’s position.
Sometimes the form owner wants to display the form smaller, aligned differently, or in a smaller container on the host site. Therefore, custom CSS changes the alignment and position of the form’s container.
A new feature suggested by customers allows report users to export Results Reports. This new feature extends the download ability to report viewers and makes sharing results easy.
The Results Reports is the Formsite way to share results without giving access to the entire account. New form submissions save as results in the Results Table, and the reports feature allows form owners to create filtered reports with specific information. Reports are then shared through a unique URL.
The new feature allows users of Results Reports to download the results in an Excel spreadsheet, using the filters, views, and labels.
Incomplete results occur when form visitors do not complete the form through the last submit button. Sometimes they experience technical trouble and lose their network connections, which cause the form result to be abandoned. Another possibility is that the form requires long answers that cause visitors to spend a long time on each page. Regardless of the reason, there are times when we need to restore incomplete results so the owners can resume editing them.
What causes incomplete results?
The system will create the result when these events occur:
The form is submitted. The normal one-page form creates the result with a Complete status when submitted successfully.
The multi-page form goes from page 1 to page 2. To save the answers from page 1, the system needs to create the incomplete result and saves the answers.
A file or image is uploaded to the form.Uploading files creates incomplete results that contain the link to the file.
Many form owners ask how to send bulk email to the entire Results Table. Some also request the ability to include result values in the email to either personalize or provide more information in the email content. Our integrations provide easy ways to automate actions with every new form result and it’s possible to trigger integrations on individual results, but not the entire Results Table at once.
Exporting the results and using the data with the integration services requires some formatting in Excel or expertise with Formsite’s Results Filters, Views, and Labels.
Collect results using a form or survey and email the entire list with a Pre-populate link to update their information.
Use a Results Filter to export results that include a specific item ordered to inform previous users of new related products.
Collect wait-list addresses and send bulk email when more spots are available.
Forms that are ‘responsive’ means that they automatically resize themselves depending on the size of the window used to view them. If a form displays on a large monitor then it should appear differently than on a smaller device like a smartphone. Sizing images for responsive forms can be tricky so here are some tips and shortcuts.
Methods for Using Images
Images are added to Formsite forms in several ways, most commonly:
Formatted Text item (or text editor for Notifications, Success Pages, etc.)
Image List item
Formatting images using these methods presents challenges for form owners in some cases. The application of CSS and/or other HTML code helps to optimize how the images appear on forms.