Working with Custom Forms
Collecting pertinent data is a helpful functionality of well-designed church websites. Let's say there is an upcoming event that simply needs a "head-count", or a need to collect interest in a possible new ministry, or just a way for visitors to submit prayer requests to church leadership. Having the ability to dynamically create forms that will keep data stored online and email results is a powerful feature that should be leveraged.
Finalweb's Church & Ministry package includes access to the form and questionnaire builder without any extra cost. What's more, users are free to create an unlimited number of forms. This is a brief description of how to setup and deploy a new one:
- Log in and open the Site Manager.
- Under the "Pages and Content" select the "Form & Questionnaire Builder" option.
If there is a currently-existing form, you will see it listed and will be able to modify the form's ordering, add or remove form elements and view responses.
- To create a new form, click the "Add New Questionnaire" button at the bottom.
Fill in a title and an admin email address for the form, then select one of the layout options. We recommend the White Background option as well as keeping the anti-spam security enabled. When finished with configuration, just save the changes.
- You'll be directed back to the library of forms, and in order to add questions, just click the title of the form in the list.
- The next page displays existing questions, and provides an "Add Question" button at the bottom. Just click that button to begin adding form elements.
The next step will provide area for the question title. This might be, for example, "Name:", or "Please describe how you feel about…", "Choose from the following:", etc.
The next part prompts for a question type from the drop-down list. Select one of the following:
- Single-line text - The most basic form element. Usually used for name, email address, etc.
- Multi-line text - If there is a longer amount of text to be entered for the response, this is best.
- Drop-down list - This type provides a list of options from which to choose, arranged in a drop-down manner.
- Radio Button Options - A stacked list of options next to radio buttons; only one may be selected.
- Single Checkbox - A single checkbox element, to be used for a question like "Check here to be included in our mailings." Checkbox List - This renders a stack of responses next to checkboxes; multiple options can be selected.
- Comment - Simply is text that needs to be inserted as instructions or commentary; there is no response associated with.
- The required field option can be checked if necessary, and then the layout needs to be chosen. We like to recommend the "next to the question" option, since it usually makes better use of your page space. It's completely up to you, though.
- Save changes to the newly-created element, and then it will appear in the list of items for the form.
Continue to create new questions until everything is set, and then the form is ready to be linked from one of the menus.
- Open up a menu editor (top, side, bottom, etc.) and then click the Forms tab at the bottom to select the one you'd like.
Hopefully this is helpful as you seek to add more functionality to your church's website.View All Posts