Web forms – we all need them in order to keep a positive online interaction with our site visitors. Coding such forms may not be the biggest programming challenge for a professional developer, but it takes time and can pose debugging problems. You may simply not want to mess with all the challenges of form programming once you find an online app that lets you do the job intuitively. In this posting I look into a practical way to create web forms for your blogs and websites, using 123ContactForm web form builder.
With 123ContactForm, everyone can build and administrate slick online forms that will impress visitors, without having to code a line. From simple to complex, this app helps you create any type of form and customize it as you need:
- a contact form to welcome visitors with a professional layout that blends your website graphics
- an order form for e-commerce that you can set to accept online payments (with PayPal, Google Checkout, Authorize.Net)
- an event registration form to book seats when you organize business events or throw parties
- online surveys to get to know your audience and engage people on social media pages.
123ContactForm also offers a variety of form templates for various purposes: donation forms, volunteer recruitment forms, job application forms, customer satisfactory studies, and many others. If you have any inquiry while building forms, you can get instant help from the support team of 123ContactForm, which is always at reach on the website’s live chat.
Whether you own a website or a blog, or you simply administrate a Facebook page, you need forms to be reachable and reach out at your own turn. With 123ContactForm you can create web forms for virtually any platform: regular HTML pages, WordPress, Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, Google Sites, MySpace. Forms can be viewed and filled in on mobile devices too.
The steps to create a form are dead simple. You just shape its layout and adjust settings using the multiple options provided by 123ContactForm. Once the form is ready, you can take the code generated and paste it onto your webpage. 123ContactForm creates the form backend so you can have complete access to the controls of your form. Submissions are directed into a dedicated repository of your account and you receive an email notification each time the form gets filled in.
A wide array of advanced options is at hand among form settings. You can set multiple email recipients for notifications, custom the appearance of the email you are getting and custom autoresponder messages that people get after submission. Complex forms can be divided into multiple pages, to look lightweight and inviting to fill in. Form branching is available – setting fields to show or hide upon user’s input. You can style forms using CSS, to match the design of any website. There is a variety of anti-spam options to protect your forms from abuse: smart CAPTCHA, IP restrictions, country filter, password protection. Other special features of 123ContactForm include domain aliasing (forms can look as running on your own website domain, even though they are hosted by 123ContactForm) and multi-language forms that can be translated in 52 dialects.
All in all, 123ContactForm is an affordable and time-saving solution compared to developing web forms by hand. This is a premium service; the free basic plan lets you create 5 forms and receive up to 100 submissions per month, which is a good fit for casual users. You can customize every aspect of your forms’ look and functionality. Another great point of 123ContactForm is that it offers live customer support, which can come in very handy when you are just starting to use the app.
How To Guide:
1. Download the 123ContactForm plugin for WordPress (from the plugins directory). 2. Install the plugin in your WordPress directory:
a. unzip and move the downloaded folder 123contactform-for-wordpress into your wordpress/wp-content/plugins directory;
b. access your WordPress dashboard -> Plugins tab -> click on the Activate button for the plugin named 123ContactForm for WordPress.
3. Log in/sign up on www.123contactform.com
4. Go to your dashboard and choose Create New Form -> Contact form.
5. Edit your form (you can add fields, change labels, rearrange elements). Make sure you have included field validation where necessary.
6. In Form Settings, define the confirmation message that users will receive after sending the form. At this step, you can also change the color themes for your form or style it using custom CSS.
7. The last step – Publish Form -> WordPress -> copy the code that was generated and paste it into your WordPress post.
Here it is, your feedback form, in just the right place and about to hook your visitors!